Date
19 February 2019

Ask the student what will help and consider a learner profile

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Identifying needs and strengths, and accessing support’

Survey students about preferences

Survey students about preferences

Ask students what supports their learning and what gets in the way.

I personally do a survey at the beginning of every class, every semester ... to get an idea of who is in the classroom to begin with and what they would benefit, or what they want to see in the class, what would work [and not work] for them.

Nancy Searcy

Maximise the benefits of a learner profile

Maximise the benefits of a learner profile

Learner profiles help teachers get to know students and what's important to them.

Encourage students to:

  • express aspirations and passions
  • address assumptions
  • identify potential barriers to learning and wellbeing
  • describe their accessibility and technology needs and preferences
  • suggest beneficial teaching and learning approaches.

What to include in a learner profile

What to include in a learner profile

Discuss with the student and their whānau what to include a learner profile.

  • Important people
  • Cultural connections and experiences
  • Languages spoken
  • Things the student is good at
  • Memorable life experiences
  • How they like to unwind and relax
  • Likes and interests
  • Dislikes and things they avoid
  • How they like to learn and what helps
  • Things that make it hard for them to learn
  • What they do when they need help

Connect with parents and caregivers

Connect with parents and caregivers

Cooperation between parents, teachers, and community supports created a successful school experience for Alex.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Template and guidelines for developing a learner profile.

Developing learner profiles

Developing learner profiles

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Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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About me

About me

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Essential tips

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Publisher: British Columbia Ministry of Education

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Identify needs and how to provide support”:

Return to the guide “Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and learning”

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