Date
25 August 2019

Provide options to create, learn and share

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13’

Enable students to personalise learning

Enable students to personalise learning

Set up the learning space so students can adjust it to suit their needs and preferences.

Make options and supports available to everyone.

  • Create opportunities where students can personalise learning tasks and projects and build on their knowledge, experience, and strengths.
  • Develop success criteria with the students and present them with clear visual supports.
  • Provide opportunities for students to gain confidence using a range of media so they can select the most appropriate to express their learning.
  • Make learning support tools (text-to-speech, graphic organisers, planning tools and so on) available for all students.
  • Offer a flexible learning environment with a variety of seating and working spaces.
  • Offer a reader-writer or assistive technologies to support success in assessments.

Utilise technologies to remove barriers

Utilise technologies to remove barriers

Introduce students to a range of tools and technologies they can use to express their ideas and tell stories.

Support success in assessments

Support success in assessments

Discuss with students what support they need to demonstrate their understanding in assessments:
  • possible barriers hidden in the physical environment, for example: unfamiliar layout of room, lighting, temperature
  • possible barriers hidden in the resources and materials, for example: cluttered presentation, hard-to-read diagrams, unclear layout, hard-copies only
  • approaches to managing time allocations such as calendar tools and visual timers
  • approaches to managing anxiety
  • approaches to maintaining concentration
  • negotiating breaks and extra time
  • use of digital technologies such as text-to-speech and predictive text
  • pre-teaching specific assessment/exam skills, such as how to approach multiple choice questions
  • identify whether SAC application needs to be made for NCEA.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

UDL Curriculum toolkit

Publisher: CAST

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13”:

Return to the guide “Down syndrome and learning”

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