Date
16 August 2020

Support processing and organisation

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Reducing barriers for year 9–13 students’

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Offer options to manage workloads

Offer options to manage workloads

Students at Fraser High School reflects on how they managing their time and meet learning goals.

Support concentration and memory

Support concentration and memory

Ideas for supporting concentration and short-term memory.

  • Monitor and moderate the classroom for visual and auditory distractions.
  • Present information in a range of ways over an extended period of time (for example, a week) to help students retain information, build up their understanding and familiarity of the topic, and stay stimulated and focused.
  • Discuss the effectiveness of the classroom with students and remove barriers and make modifications where needed.
  • In online environments make effective use of visual prompts and cues to support understanding and navigation. Make useful hyperlinks to background knowledge or previous learning to increase connections.
  • Schedule regular short breaks to allow students to move around.

Support planning and organising

Support planning and organising

Suggestions for supporting students’ planning and organising.

  • Use charts, visual calendars, colour coded schedules, visible timers and cues to increase the predictability of regular activities and transitions.
  • Encourage students to use their mobile devices to schedule alerts and reminders for regular and novel events and task deadlines.
  • Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas and relationships, using visuals, mind maps, 3-D manipulatives, outlines, flow charts, and real objects.
  • Model and make available graphic organisers and flow charts to support planning and thinking in all curriculum areas.
  • Break tasks and lengthy assignments into small manageable parts. Schedule workflow using Trello to organise what needs to be done and when.
  • Provide options so that students can submit work online.

Offer visual timers

Offer visual timers

Visual timers, can help students "see" the time they have for a task.

This can reduce stress and increase motivation.

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Use mind mapping

Use mind mapping

Encourage students to use mind maps to support thinking and organise ideas.

Coggle is a useful tool.

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Reduce barriers for year 9–13 students”:

Return to the guide “Curriculum accessibility”

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