Date
20 November 2019

Provide support and options for students to express what they know

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Using whole-class strategies to support students with speech, language and communication needs in years 7–13’

Hands-on learning

Hands-on learning

Hands-on learning in authentic contexts supports students with understanding, recording, sharing and articulating their learning.

Offer a range of materials and supports

Offer a range of materials and supports

Provide a range materials and support for students to express what they know in a variety of ways.

  • Create opportunities where students can personalise learning tasks and build on their knowledge, experience and strengths.
  • Develop success criteria with the students and present it clearly supported with visuals.
  • Structure collaborative activities so that each student knows what is expected of them.
  • Create opportunities for students to gain confidence in a range of media so that they can select the most appropriate to express and share their thinking and learning.
  • Make learning support tools (text-to-speech, graphic organisers, planning tools and so on) available to everyone.
  • Assess understanding and presentation separately.

Utilise technologies to remove barriers

Utilise technologies to remove barriers

Introduce students to a range of tools and technologies they can use to express their ideas and tell stories.

Offer options for sharing learning

Offer options for sharing learning

Provide a range of ways for students to express what they know. Ask students which approaches they would like as regular options.

Support success in assessments

Support success in assessments

Discuss with students what support they need to demonstrate their understanding in assessments:
  • possible barriers hidden in the physical environment, for example: unfamiliar layout of room, lighting, temperature
  • possible barriers hidden in the resources and materials, for example: cluttered presentation, hard-to-read diagrams, unclear layout, hard-copies only
  • approaches to managing time allocations such as calendar tools and visual timers
  • approaches to managing anxiety
  • approaches to maintaining concentration
  • negotiating breaks and extra time
  • use of digital technologies such as text-to-speech and predictive text
  • pre-teaching specific assessment/exam skills, such as how to approach multiple choice questions
  • identify whether SAC application needs to be made for NCEA.

Next steps

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

Return to the guide “Speech, language and communica­tion needs ”

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