Date
16 August 2020

Talk with the student and consider a learner profile

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Getting to know the student and what they can do’

On this page:

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.

Build connections

Build connections

Strengthen your own understanding.

  • Create opportunities for the student and those who know them well to share their insights and stories with you.
  • Explore your student’s culture, languages, strengths and interests.
  • Look for connections with your own experiences.
  • Consider where you may need to deepen your knowledge.

What to include in a learner profile

What to include in a learner profile

A useful profile (whether an official document or questions you might ask) includes information on these topics.
  • 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

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

Useful resources

Useful resources

File

Primary school learner profile

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Download DOC (613 KB)

Rachels learner profile NZ high school

Secondary school learner profile

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Download PDF (331 KB)

Developing learner profiles

Developing learner profiles

Read time: 3 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Download PDF (211 KB)

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Get to know the student”:

Return to the guide “Transitions – managing times of change”

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