Date
21 April 2019

Provide options for comprehension

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Provide access to information, support understanding’

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Overview

Overview

This video introduces options and supports for making connections between background knowledge and larger concepts.

Patterns and big ideas

Patterns and big ideas

Offer students a variety of tools and approaches to help them highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships between concepts. 

Support understanding by offering:

  • information presented in multiple ways (including songs and chants, short skits or performances, digital media) 
  • highlighters to identify key words/phrases and text features
  • coloured paper or sticky notes as reminders or review of key concepts, or big ideas
  • graphic organisers to support organisation of new ideas
  • scaffolded activities (for example, cloze activities, word banks, sentence starters, prompts)
  • exemplar templates students can refer to
  • comparisons of familiar concepts to lead to new concepts
  • digital time management or calendar for organising assignment tasks and deadlines
  • text or visual prompts to scaffold students through tasks.

Source: Adapted from UDL Supporting diversity in BC schools (opens in a new tab/window)

Reflection questions

Reflection questions

 Consider these questions in your own context.
  • How do I help students access prior knowledge and combine this with new information (graphic organisers, maps, cross-curricular analogies, visual imagery)?
  • In what ways will I guide learners to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant or unimportant content (cues and prompts, multiple examples and non-examples, emphasising key elements)?
  • How will I ensure all learners are able to access information and ideas and create new understandings (prompts for sequence, organisation options, graduated scaffolds)?
  • How will I support students to remember information in order to apply learning to new situations (checklists, mnemonic strategies, concept maps)?

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Next steps

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