Date
18 July 2019

Support students’ processing and organisation skills

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

Support thinking and pattern recognition

Support thinking and pattern recognition

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 anything.
  • Offer 3D virtual and physical models and real objects to help students identify critical 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 needing to respond in a discussion.
  • Use mindmaps to brainstorm ideas.
  • Support group and class discussions with visual annotations to prompt later recall of key ideas.
  • Make thinking tools and approaches available across all curriculum areas.

Support concentration and memory

Support concentration and memory

Provide options to support concentration and short-term memory.

  • Monitor and moderate the classroom for visual and auditory distractions.
  • Present information in a range of ways over an extended period of time (for example, a week) to help students retain information, build up their understanding and familiarity of the topic, and stay stimulated and focused.
  • Discuss with students the effectiveness of the learning environment and remove barriers and make modifications where needed.
  • In online environments, make effective use of visual prompts and cues to support understanding and navigation. Make useful hyperlinks to background knowledge or previous learning to increase connections.
  • Schedule regular short breaks to allow students to move physically.

Offer visual timers

Offer visual timers

Visual timers, can help students "see" the time they have for a task.

This can reduce stress and increase motivation.

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Support planning and organisation

Support planning and organisation

Suggestions for supporting students’ planning and organisation.

  • Use charts, visual calendars, colour coded schedules, visible timers and cues to increase the predictability of regular activities and transitions.
  • Encourage students to use their mobile devices to schedule alerts and reminders for regular and novel events and task deadlines.
  • Model and make available graphic organisers and flow charts to support planning and thinking in all curriculum areas.
  • Break tasks and lengthy assignments into small, manageable parts. Schedule workflow using Trello to organise what needs to be done and when.
  • Provide options so that students can submit work online.

Useful resources

Useful resources

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UDL-aligned strategies

Publisher: Goalbook

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Website

Graphic organizers

Publisher: For The Teachers

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Free graphic organizers

Publisher: Education Oasis

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Next steps

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

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