Date
27 September 2021

Support students’ processing and organisational skills

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

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Environments to support thinking

Environments to support thinking

Provide students with a range of flexible spaces to support thinking. Offer both quiet and collaborative spaces.
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Source: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Source:
Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Supporting organisation with visuals

Supporting organisation with visuals

Suggestions for supporting students’ autonomy and independence.

  • Label key areas of the classroom and resources with visual and text labels.
  • Use charts, visual calendars, colour-coded schedules, visible timers and visual cues to increase the predictability of regular activities, transitions between environments and activities, and changes in discussion topics.
  • Make graphic organisers and flowcharts available to support breaking tasks into chunks and planning in all curriculum areas.

Offer visual timers

Offer visual timers

Visual timers, can help students "see" the time they have for a task.

This can reduce stress and increase motivation.

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Ideas to support processing

Ideas to support processing

Provide options to support thinking and processing.

  • Pace content delivery. Give students time to process and integrate information from multiple sources - displays, interpreters, written instructions, the teacher.
  • Give students multiple opportunities to engage with new ideas in a range of contexts.
  • Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas and relationships using visuals, mindmaps, 3D manipulatives, outlines, flowcharts and real objects.
  • Provide extra time for students to think and process before needing to respond in a discussion.
  • Support group and class discussions with visual annotations to prompt later recall of key ideas.
  • Offer students a variety of graphic organisers and flowcharts to support thinking in all curriculum areas.

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Graphic organizers

Publisher: For The Teachers

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Free graphic organizers

Publisher: Education Oasis

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Next steps

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

Return to the guide “Deaf or hard of hearing students and learning”

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