Date
20 November 2019

Support processing and organisation skills

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

Offer visual timers

Offer visual timers

Visual timers, can help students "see" the time they have for a task.

This can reduce stress and increase motivation.

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Ideas to support concentration and memory

Ideas to 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 to retain information, build their understanding and familiarity of the topic, and stay stimulated and focused.
  • Discuss the effectiveness of the classroom environment with students and make modifications and remove barriers where needed.
  • In online environments, make effective use of visual prompts and cues to support understanding and navigation. Make hyperlinks to background knowledge or previous learning to increase connections.
  • Schedule regular short breaks to allow students to move physically.
  • Slow the pace of your instructions or give students additional time to complete their work.

Support planning and organisation

Support planning and organisation

Suggestions for supporting students’ planning and organisation.

  • 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.

Support thinking

Support thinking

Tools and approaches to help students to recognise patterns, critical features, big ideas and relationships.

  • Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas and relationships using visuals, mind maps, 3-D manipulatives, outlines, flow charts and real objects.
  • Give students multiple opportunities to engage with new ideas and concepts.
  • Provide extra time for students to think and process before needing to respond in a discussion.
  • Use mind maps to brainstorm ideas and make connections.
  • Support group and class discussions with visual annotations to prompt later recall of key ideas.
  • Offer students a variety of graphic organisers and flow charts to support thinking in all curriculum areas.

Graphic organiser templates

Graphic organiser templates

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Graphic organizers

Publisher: For The Teachers

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Free graphic organizers

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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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