by Allison Posey and Katie Novak

Learning to Unlearn

Why is changing what we do so hard? Posey and Novak posit that, to change how we think about teaching, how to manage classrooms, and how to develop curriculum, we must unlearn. In a profession that spends so much time thinking about learning, the process of unlearning is what needs to happen before real change can happen. This book is for teachers and the professionals who support them. It is for educators who are interested in UDL but have not been able to transform practice to increase the outcomes of all learners.

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October 26, 2023 Book Club Kick-Off/Three Teaspoons of Lemon Juice

In this first meeting of our book club, we will spend time meeting one another and why we want to read this book. We’ll also spend a little time discussing the “not an introduction” of Unlearning.

January 10, 2024 Chapters 1-2

Reflection/Potential Discussion Questions

  • What current options do you offer your students to engage them in their learning and to demonstrate their knowledge? Does your “buffet” include options for Engagement, Representation, and Action and Expression (UDL principles)?
  • What practice did you doodle about on page 11? Did it change your thinking about students’ variability? Did a specific student (or students) come to mind that you wrote or doodled about on page 17?
  • Have you had an “aha” moment like the ice cream shop? How did it shift your thinking?
  • How do you set meaningful and relevant goals with your students? How do you and your students monitor their progress and know when they’ve reached those goals?

Consider reading or watching some resources that go along with these chapters.

March 5, 2024 Chapters 3-4

Reflection/Potential Discussion Questions

  • What habits have you tried to break and how did you do it?
  • Share small changes you have tried and the results of those changes.
  • What strategies do you use to relieve your own cognitive load in some situations (at home or at school)?
  • What barriers do you face to engaging in UDL implementation?
  • What “moment of wonder” can you share about your classroom that was a result of UDL implementation?

Consider reading or watching some resources that go along with these chapters.

May 8, 2024 Chapters 5-6

Reflection/Potential Discussion Questions

  • Do you have a classroom example, similar to the Bakers example in the book, that reduced barriers for your students?
  • What are your expectations for your students and what helps you hold high expectations for all of them?
  • Have you collaborated/co-designed lessons with your students? Please share.
  • Have you tried any of the activities in Chapter 6? Were they helpful? Which ones would you like to try?
  • What are your thoughts on the differences between Differentiated Instruction and Universal Design for Learning?
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