Date
26 September 2021

Support participation and confidence

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Classroom strategies years 1-8’

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Use multiple approaches to increase confidence

Use multiple approaches to increase confidence

Discuss with the student what will support their participation and confidence.

Build the suggestions into your teaching practice.

  • Ask students how they like to learn.
  • Use students’ interests and strengths as bases for teaching.
  • Recognise and eliminate situations that students may find difficult or embarrassing because of their physical or cognitive differences.
  • Foster tuakana-teina relationships and create a class culture where students support each other.
  • Feedback success to students’ parents and whānau.
  • Recognise avoidance strategies and provide support and encouragement.
  • Give students extra time to complete work.
  • Make learning supports, such as text-to-speech and word prediction, available to all students.
  • Enable students to contribute their ideas in collaborative work, without the challenge of lengthy writing tasks.
  • Provide the student with strategies to help them when they get stuck.

Use a range of self-regulation strategies

Use a range of self-regulation strategies

Inhibition and self-regulation strategies.

  • Give immediate feedback and positive reinforcement (Class Dojo is a useful tool for supporting student self-regulation).
  • Provide regular exercise and movement breaks.
  • Have cue cards on students’ desks and/or private signals to remind to stop, think, and make a good choice.
  • Provide a designated calming spot.
  • Encourage students with ADHD to self-manage and stay focused, organised and on track, using tools such as a vibrating watch or timer.
  • Use social stories and role-play to rehearse appropriate behaviours.

Give students time

Give students time

Consider reducing the quantity rather than the complexity of the learning.

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Source: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Source:
Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Offer problem-solving strategies

Offer problem-solving strategies

Support students to develop strategies for “getting out of the pit” when they get stuck in their learning.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Everyone's In: An inclusive planning tool

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8”:

Return to the guide “ADHD and learning”

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