Date
16 August 2020

Ask the student what will help

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Identify student needs and how to provide support’

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Ask what helps

Ask what helps

Ask students, “What do I do that makes learning easy? What do I do that makes learning hard?”

Discuss possible supports and make these available to all students.

Tate from Onslow College explains what works for him in the classroom.

Support self-advocacy with learner profiles

Support self-advocacy with learner profiles

Having students create a learner profile for themselves is a great way to have them develop a better and fuller understanding of who they are as learners …

This develops their independence and places them in a better position to self-advocate for the tools, learning materials, and presentation options that can optimise their learning experiences.

 

Naryn Searcy

Take a strengths-based approach

Take a strengths-based approach

Know your learners – understand what they can do, what their strengths are, and what their specific needs are.

Find out about:

  • what motivates them
  • what they are good at and enjoy doing 
  • what rewards them and reinforces their behaviours
  • important people in their lives
  • cultural connections and experiences and languages spoken
  • how they like to unwind and relax
  • dislikes and things they avoid
  • how they like to learn and what helps them learn
  • things that make it hard for them to learn
  • what they do when they need help.

Create a safe environment

Create a safe environment

Create an environment where your students are comfortable asking for what they need.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Developing learner profiles

Developing learner profiles

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Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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About me

About me

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Student profiles

Publisher: British Columbia Ministry of Education

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Identify student needs and how to provide support”:

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