Date
30 October 2020

​​​Support processing and planning

Provide supports that help, organising, understanding, and task completion

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Use visual timetables

Use visual timetables

Linda Ojala uses the same visuals in a range of contexts. They support students to know what is happening and to organise themselves.

Support thinking and pattern recognition

Support thinking and pattern recognition

Use tools and approaches to help students to recognise patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships.

  • Use visuals (graphics, photos, cartoons, pictures) to support text and talk when explaining.
  • Offer 3D virtual and physical models and real objects to help students identify features.
  • Use mind maps, flowcharts, and outlines to help students unpack big ideas and relationships.
  • Give students multiple opportunities to engage with new ideas and concepts.
  • Provide extra time for students to think and process before responding in a discussion.
  • Use mind maps to brainstorm ideas.
  • Support group and class discussions with visual annotations to prompt the recall of key ideas.
  • Make thinking tools and approaches available across all curriculum areas.

Provide paper and time

Provide paper and time

Children with dyslexia often need to “get their ideas out of their heads” before they can share them.

Support self-management

Support self-management

Create a predictable environment supported with visuals.

Teach and model how to use planning and scheduling tools effectively.

  • Make visual exemplars of processes.
  • Label key areas of the classroom and resources.
  • Use charts, visual calendars, colour-coded schedules, visible timers, and visual cues to allow students to predict regular activities, transitions between environments and activities, and changes in discussion topics.
  • Make graphic organisers and flowcharts available to support students to break tasks into chunks and for thinking and planning in all curriculum areas

Useful resources

Useful resources

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UDL-aligned strategies

Publisher: Goalbook

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Free graphic organizers

Publisher: Education Oasis

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Explicit instruction: What you need to know

Read time: 10 min

Publisher: Understood

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Next steps

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

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