Date
14 October 2019

Provide support and options for students to create, learn, and collaborate

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

Support access to digital technologies

Support access to digital technologies

Tools such as Google Docs may create barriers to learning.

Discuss with students ways to minimise or reduce barriers.

Enable students to personalise learning

Enable students to personalise learning

Set up the learning space so students can adjust it to suit their needs and preferences.

Make options and supports available to everyone.

  • Create opportunities where students can personalise learning tasks and projects and build on their knowledge, experience, and strengths.
  • Develop success criteria with the students and present them with clear visual supports.
  • Provide opportunities for students to gain confidence using a range of media so they can select the most appropriate to express their learning.
  • Make learning support tools (text-to-speech, graphic organisers, planning tools and so on) available for all students.
  • Offer a flexible learning environment with a variety of seating and working spaces.
  • Offer a reader-writer or assistive technologies to support success in assessments.

Support success in assessments

Support success in assessments

Discuss with students what support they need to demonstrate their understanding in tests and assessments.

Talk about:

  • possible barriers created by the physical environment: unfamiliar layout of room, lighting, temperature
  • possible barriers created by the design of materials: cluttered presentation, hard-to-read diagrams, unclear layout, hard-copies only
  • ways to manage time allocations such as using visual timers
  • negotiating breaks and extra time
  • managing anxiety through mindfulness, positive self-talk, and identifying solutions to anticipated problems prior to the assessment
  • using digital technologies such as text-to-speech and predictive text
  • pre-teaching specific test skills, such as how to approach multiple choice questions.

Next steps

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

Return to the guide “Low vision and learning”

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