Date
19 February 2019

Support students’ processing and organisation skills

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Classroom strategies years 1-8’

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Sensitively support group brainstorming

Sensitively support group brainstorming

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 a process or how to complete a task.
  • Label key areas of the classroom and resources with visual and text labels.
  • Use charts, visual calendars, colour-coded schedules, visible timers, and visual cues to increase the predictability of regular activities, transitions between environments and activities, and changes in discussion topics.
  • Make graphic organisers and flowcharts available to support breaking tasks into chunks, and thinking and planning in all curriculum areas.

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.

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Graphic organizers

Publisher: For The Teachers

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Website

Free graphic organizers

Publisher: Education Oasis

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UDL-aligned strategies

Publisher: Goalbook

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Next steps

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

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