Date
14 October 2019

Support students’ processing and organisation skills

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

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Offer visual timers

Offer visual timers

High contrast, uncluttered visual timers may support students in their time management and increase independence.

 

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Support concentration and memory

Support concentration and memory

Provide options to support concentration 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 retain information, build up their understanding and familiarity of the topic, and stay stimulated and focused.
  • Discuss with students the effectiveness of the learning environment and remove barriers and make modifications where needed.
  • In online environments, make effective use of visual prompts and cues to support understanding and navigation. Make useful hyperlinks to background knowledge or previous learning to increase connections.
  • Schedule regular short breaks to allow students to move physically.

Support planning and thinking

Support planning and thinking

Suggestions for supporting students’ planning and thinking.

  • 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.
  • Model and make available graphic organisers and flow charts to support planning and thinking 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.

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13”:

Return to the guide “Low vision and learning”

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