Date
19 January 2020

Increase participation and build confidence

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Reducing barriers for year 1–8 students’

Utilise a peer-to-peer approach

Utilise a peer-to-peer approach

Students at Irongate School demonstrate how the older or more expert tuakana help and guide the younger or less expert teina.

Support motivation and resilience

Support motivation and resilience

Provide students with strategies for "getting out of the pit" when they get stuck in their learning.

Give students an authentic audience

Give students an authentic audience

Creating opportunities for students to share learning beyond the classroom can boost confidence and increase participation in learning.

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Build confidence using multiple approaches

Build confidence using multiple approaches

Embed the following approaches in your practice.
  • Ask the student how they learn best and get to know their interests and strengths.
  • Foster tuakana-teina relationships, where an older or more expert tuakana (older child) helps and guides the younger or less expert teina (younger child).
  • Identify and adapt situations where it may be embarrassing for a student to participate (for example, a student with dyslexia being expected to read aloud).
  • Recognise successes and communicate them to home.
  • Recognise avoidance strategies and provide support and encouragement.
  • Build on the student’s out-of-school programmes and activities.
  • Make support options such as text-to-speech, timers and self-management tools available to students.
  • Give ongoing prompts and positive feedback and provide the student with strategies to help when they get stuck.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

John Hattie, visible learning Pt 2: Effective methods

Publisher: Mike Bell

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Website

Multiple means of engagement – Managing fear so learning can occur

Publisher: The Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC)

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Website

Helping children to build self-esteem

Publisher: dysTalk Limited

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Reduce barriers for year 1 to 8 students”:

Return to the guide “Curriculum accessibility”

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