Date
26 March 2019

Ask the student what will help and consider a learner profile

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Knowing your Pasifika students and their contexts’

Find out about students

Find out about students

Watch the video on the Student profiles page; teachers describe how they ask students questions to inform their planning.

Note, senior students may just prefer to have a conversation.

Support self-advocacy with learner profiles

Support self-advocacy with learner profiles

Create opportunities where students can tell you what supports their learning and what gets in the way.

Having students create a learner profile for themselves is a great way to have them develop a better and fuller understanding of who they are as learners ...

This develops their independence and places them in a better position to self-advocate for the tools, learning materials, and presentation options that can optimise their learning experiences.

Naryn Searcy

What to include in a learner profile

What to include in a learner profile

Discuss with the student and their family 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

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.

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 Pasifika learners”:

Return to the guide “Supporting Pasifika students”

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