Date
02 December 2020

Develop learner profiles with students

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Valuing what each student brings to the classroom’

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What to include in a learner profile

What to include in a learner profile

Discuss with the student and their whānau what to include a learner profile.

  • Important people
  • Cultural connections and experiences
  • Languages spoken
  • Things the student is good at
  • Memorable life experiences
  • How they like to unwind and relax
  • Likes and interests
  • Dislikes and things they avoid
  • How they like to learn and what helps
  • Things that make it hard for them to learn
  • What they do when they need help

Maximise the benefits of a learner profile

Maximise the benefits of a learner profile

Learner profiles help teachers get to know students and what's important to them.

Encourage students to:

  • express aspirations and passions
  • address assumptions
  • identify potential barriers to learning and wellbeing
  • describe their accessibility and technology needs and preferences
  • suggest beneficial teaching and learning approaches.

Survey students about preferences

Survey students about preferences

Ask students what supports their learning and what gets in the way.

I personally do a survey at the beginning of every class, every semester ... to get an idea of who is in the classroom to begin with and what they would benefit, or what they want to see in the class, what would work [and not work] for them.

Nancy Searcy

Useful resources

Useful resources

Developing learner profiles

Developing learner profiles

Read time: 3 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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File

Primary school learner profile

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Download DOC (613 KB)

Rachels learner profile NZ high school

Secondary school learner profile

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Download PDF (331 KB)

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Value what each student brings ”:

Return to the guide “Developing an inclusive classroom culture ”

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