Date
21 July 2019

​Support understanding

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

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Keep verbal information brief and to the point

Keep verbal information brief and to the point

Listening to teachers make speeches. I can't handle that.

I … just sat there looking at the book. So I can read it okay, but I can’t listen to it properly. It’s like “What?”

And then I totally, I had to ask somebody, and then by the time I am asking somebody the question or the answer, then I’ve already lost the next part too.

Student

Use visual timelines

Use visual timelines

When teaching a topic that takes place over a length of time, create a timeline and display it in the classroom.

Consider using an online timeline tool that students can easily access.

Develop an online space

Develop an online space

Anywhere anytime access to lessons by students, tutors and/or family enables a support network.

Set up an online space with information and resources to support current areas of learning for your students.

Make the space easy to navigate and include links to:

  • videos that explain and/or demonstrate concepts
  • easy to understand information
  • assignment tasks, worksheets or handouts
  • your email address so students or their parents can ask questions.

Examples:

Provide clear, concise explanations

Provide clear, concise explanations

I would like teachers to know that we learn differently than others. Simple tasks like taking notes are very difficult. Teachers need to explain things in simple words.

Student

Use digital technologies

Use digital technologies

Wellington High School teacher, Ben Britton explains the benefits 1-1 devices provide his students.

Tools such as a screen reader improve accessibility.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Secondary framework Teaching and learning strategies to support secondary aged students with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders FASD

Secondary framework: Teaching and learning strategies to support secondary aged students with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)

Read time: 45 min

Publisher: National Organisation on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome UK

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Next steps

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

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