Date
01 April 2020

​Support participation and confidence

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

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Encourage sustained participation

Encourage sustained participation

Discuss with students what will support their participation and motivation.

Build these suggestions into your teaching practice.

  • Establish clear classroom routines.
  • Teach strategies to help students them when they get stuck.
  • Break work into short manageable chunks.
  • Give positive, timely feedback.
  • Brief students about changes to routine.
  • When changing classroom layout, provide a plan of new layout and when it will happen.
  • Provide easy access to quiet spaces for working or winding down.
  • Schedule brain breaks.
  • Notice avoidance tactics or increasing anxiety, implement supports quickly.
  • Offer leadership opportunities based on knowledge of student's expertise and interests.
  • Connect learning to student's interests.
  • Foster tuakana-teina relationships where students support each other.

Support students to tell their story

Support students to tell their story

Ask students what helps their participation and use this to build their confidence as a learner.

Offer quiet spaces

Offer quiet spaces

Provide opportunities for students to access best spaces for thinking, for example, a quiet space or a buddy to think with, or to wear headphones and listen to music or block out noise.

Useful resources

Useful resources

File

Dyspraxia: Secondary school classroom guidelines

Publisher: Dyspraxia Foundation

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