Date
14 October 2019

Support students’ processing and organisation skills

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

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Design environments to support thinking

Design environments to support thinking

Flexible learning environments enable students to adjust and adapt them to meet their needs.

Organise materials to support access

Organise materials to support access

Organise resources and the physical space to enable students to easily find what they need and replace it afterwards.

 

Ideas to support independence

Ideas to support independence

  • Label key areas of the classroom and resources with visual and text labels. Keep the layout consistent.
  • Provide a space for each student to manage their own resources.
  • Encourage students to look up and into the distance to relax their eyes after reading.
  • Signal clearly when the subject or discussion is about to change, begin or end. Avoid talking while the room is noisy. Use precise language to give instructions. (Avoid using “here” and “there.”)
  • Provide students with information on a new topic in advance to allow them to build some understanding beforehand.
  • Ensure students understand the task before they start working. Break the tasks into manageable chunks.

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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Useful resources

Useful resources

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Using a visual timetable to support personal organisation in the classroom

Publisher: BLENNZ: Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ

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Graphic organizers

Publisher: For The Teachers

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Free graphic organizers

Publisher: Education Oasis

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Next steps

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