Date
12 May 2021

Provide options to create, learn and share

Suggestion for implementing the strategy 'Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8'

Utilise digital collaborative tools

Utilise digital collaborative tools

Offer students tools such as Google Docs that easily support 24/7 collaboration and timely feedback. Explore built-in and add-on accessibility supports.

Give extra time

Give extra time

Consider reducing the quantity rather than the complexity of the learning.

Ask students what will help.

 

Offer options for sharing learning

Offer options for sharing learning

Provide a range of ways for students to express what they know. Ask students which approaches they would like as regular options.

Minimise barriers

Minimise barriers

Build these suggestions into your teaching practice.

Offer supports to everyone.

  • Set goals that enable students to demonstrate their understanding through multiple pathways.
  • Offer students a range of options for expression: text, images, voice, video or a combination of media.
  • Ensure that the “means” of showing understanding is not itself a barrier to success.
  • If the “means” are a barrier for some students, use supports such as text-to-speech.
  • Build supports (text-to-speech, online highlighters) into each learning activity and encourage students to select what they need.
  • Encourage students to choose work environments that best suit their needs and the task (wearing noise-cancelling headphones, listening to music, a quiet space, working with a buddy, in a tuakana-teina partnership or in a collaborative group).

Support success in assessments

Support success in assessments

Discuss with students what support they need to demonstrate their understanding in tests and assessments.

Talk about:

  • possible barriers created by the physical environment: unfamiliar layout of room, lighting, temperature
  • possible barriers created by the design of materials: cluttered presentation, hard-to-read diagrams, unclear layout, hard-copies only
  • ways to manage time allocations such as using visual timers
  • negotiating breaks and extra time
  • managing anxiety through mindfulness, positive self-talk, and identifying solutions to anticipated problems prior to the assessment
  • using digital technologies such as text-to-speech and predictive text
  • pre-teaching specific test skills, such as how to approach multiple choice questions.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Different ways to publish your stories: Using a variety of tools

Publisher: Jacqui Sharp

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8”:

Return to the guide “Deaf or hard of hearing students and learning”

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