Date
26 September 2021

Ask the student what will help and consider a learner profile

Learner profiles help students express who they are, their needs, and strengths.

Survey students

Survey students

Ask students what supports their learning and what gets in the way.

I personally do a survey at the beginning of every class, every semester ... to get an idea of who is in the classroom to begin with and what they would benefit, or what they want to see in the class, what would work [and not work] for them.

Nancy Searcy

Source: Student profiles - UDL supporting diversity in BC schools (opens in a new tab/window)

Source:
Student profiles - UDL supporting diversity in BC schools

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

Examples of learner profiles

Examples of learner profiles

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)

Useful resources

Useful resources

Developing learner profiles

Developing learner profiles

Read time: 3 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Download PDF (211 KB)

About me

About me

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Download PDF (596 KB)

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Identify needs and how to provide support”:

Return to the guide “ADHD and learning”

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