Date
19 January 2020

Support processing and planning

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

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Ideas for supporting concentration

Ideas for supporting concentration

Provide options to support concentration, thinking 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 to retain information, build their understanding and stay stimulated and focused.
  • Discuss with students the effectiveness of the classroom and make modifications and remove barriers where needed.
  • Make effective use of visual prompts and cues to support understanding and navigation in online environments.
  • Make hyperlinks to background knowledge or previous learning to increase connections.
  • Encourage students to adapt the environment to meet their needs by, for example, wearing headphones, moving to a quiet working environment or taking a walk to support their thinking.

Support organisation with visuals

Support organisation with visuals

Suggestions for supporting students’ planning and organising.

  • 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.
  • Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas and relationships using visuals, mind maps, 3-D manipulatives, outlines, flow charts and real objects.
  • Offer students a variety of graphic organisers and flow charts to support planning 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.

Offer visual timers

Offer visual timers

Encourage students to use visual timers apps such as Time Timer to focus attention or to pre-empt a transition.

A visual timer on an tablet also makes a useful classroom clock.

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Ideas to support processing

Ideas to support processing

Suggestions for supporting students' processing.

  • Provide extra time to complete work.
  • Give regular breaks so students can move around during lessons.
  • Give extra time if needed for students to move between classes.
  • Give directions slowly in short sentences.
  • Provide recorded lessons or books for students to listen to.

Useful resources

Useful resources

File

Dyspraxia: Secondary school classroom guidelines

Publisher: Dyspraxia Foundation

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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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Next steps

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