Date
16 August 2020

Identify learner needs

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Reduce barriers to learning’

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Ask what helps

Ask what helps

Learners may not know what helps them. Meet with them. Discuss possible barriers to learning and options for support.

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Source: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Checklist for knowing learners

Checklist for knowing learners

Look for anything that is going to help you as you consider a range of potential tools and supports.

Consider these factors:

  • culture, language, and identity
  • environments and spaces where the learning will happen (classroom, home)
  • demographics (age group, local connections, and affiliations)
  • learning-related data
  • medical or health conditions
  • knowledge of learner preferences, abilities, and interests
  • personal connections and relationships
  • wairua, wellbeing, and moral and physical health
  • individual learner goals and aspirations.

Partner with whānau

Partner with whānau

Connect with parents, whānau, and caregivers to understand the strengths and needs of learners.

Make connections wherever you can.

  • Invite families to share approaches that are successful at home.
  • Identify potential barriers and ask families for solutions based on their personal experiences and expertise.
  • Encourage whānau to share successful tools and equipment they use at home.
  • Ask families to share a learner’s likes and interests, what they’re good at, what they need help with, and what they can do independently.

Support self-reflection

Support self-reflection

Provide learners with useful thinking opportunities to identify what is working well and where they require more support.

Understand your students’ needs

Understand your students’ needs

Felix, a Year 5 student, explains how accessing information through video and using text-to-speech helps to make his learning easier.

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Reduce barriers to learning”:

Return to the guide “Technology tools for learning”

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