Date
11 August 2022

​Provide options for learning and collaborating

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13’

Offer text-to-speech tools

Offer text-to-speech tools

Students describe how using text-to-speech has made a difference to their learning achievements.

Enable students to personalise learning

Enable students to personalise learning

Provide opportunities for students to learn in ways that suit their needs and preferences.

  • Create opportunities where students can personalise learning tasks and projects to build on their knowledge, experience, and strengths.
  • Discuss with students the different ways they can share their thinking and demonstrate understanding.
  • Develop success criteria with the students and present them with clear visual supports.
  • Provide opportunities for students to gain confidence using a range of media so they can select the most appropriate to express their learning.
  • Offer a flexible learning environment with a variety of seating and working spaces.

Support success in assessments

Support success in assessments

Discuss with students what support they need to demonstrate their understanding in assessments.
  • Identify possible barriers in the physical environment, for example: unfamiliar layout of room, lighting, temperature.
  • Identify possible barriers in the resources and materials, for example: cluttered presentation, hard-to-read diagrams, unclear layout, hard-copies only.
  • Managing time allocations using visual timers and calendar tools. 
  • Approaches to managing anxiety such as mindfulness, positive self-talk, and identifying solutions to anticipated problems prior to the assessment.
  • Approaches to maintaining concentration such as negotiating breaks.
  • Use of digital technologies such as text-to-speech and predictive text.
  • Pre-teaching specific assessment/exam skills, such as how to approach multiple choice questions.
  • Identify whether a SAC application needs to be made for NCEA.

Use tools and apps with built in supports

Use tools and apps with built in supports

Model how to use text-to-speech, dictation, glossaries and highlighters.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

UDL Curriculum toolkit: Building Flexible, Customizable Learning Environments

Publisher: CAST

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13”:

Return to the guide “ADHD and learning”

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