Date
20 November 2019

Ask the student what will help and consider a learner profile

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Knowing your Māori learners and their contexts’

Ask what helps

Ask what helps

Māori rangatahi who identify as Deaf help schools to have a better understanding of their access and communication needs, and their aspirations.

Maximise the benefits of a learner profile

Maximise the benefits of a learner profile

Learner profiles help teachers get to know students and what's important to them.

Encourage students to:

  • express aspirations and passions
  • address assumptions
  • identify potential barriers to learning and wellbeing
  • describe their accessibility and technology needs and preferences
  • suggest beneficial teaching and learning approaches.

What to include in a learner profile

What to include in a learner profile

Discuss with the student and their whānau what to include a learner profile.

  • Important people
  • Cultural connections and experiences
  • Languages spoken
  • Things the student is good at
  • Memorable life experiences
  • How they like to unwind and relax
  • Likes and interests
  • Dislikes and things they avoid
  • How they like to learn and what helps
  • Things that make it hard for them to learn
  • What they do when they need help

Student suggestions

Student suggestions

Student, Brigham Riwai-Couch shares his perspective of the top 10 things that make a difference for him as a learner.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Student profiles

Publisher: British Columbia Ministry of Education

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Developing learner profiles

Developing learner profiles

Read time: 3 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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About me

About me

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Know your Māori learners”:

Return to the guide “Supporting Māori students”

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