Date
18 September 2019

Ask the student what will help and consider a learner profile

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

Ask what helps

Ask what helps

Meet with students. Ask them what you can do to help. Discuss possible barriers to learning and how to remove them.

Support self-advocacy with learner profiles

Support self-advocacy with learner profiles

Create opportunities where students can tell you what supports their learning and what gets in the way.

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

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.

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

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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Website

Student profiles

Publisher: British Columbia Ministry of Education

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Next steps

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

Return to the guide “Dyslexia and learning”

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