Date
22 February 2024

​Support participation and confidence

Support years 9-13 students to organise and manage themselves with a range of classroom strategies.

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Encourage sustained participation

Encourage sustained participation

Discuss with students what will support their participation and motivation.

Build these suggestions into your teaching practice.

  • Establish clear classroom routines.
  • Teach strategies to help students them when they get stuck.
  • Break work into short manageable chunks.
  • Give positive, timely feedback.
  • Brief students about changes to routine.
  • When changing classroom layout, provide a plan of new layout and when it will happen.
  • Provide easy access to quiet spaces for working or winding down.
  • Schedule brain breaks.
  • Notice avoidance tactics or increasing anxiety, implement supports quickly.
  • Offer leadership opportunities based on knowledge of student's expertise and interests.
  • Connect learning to student's interests.
  • Foster tuakana-teina relationships where students support each other.

Support students to tell their story

Support students to tell their story

Ask students what helps their participation and use this to build their confidence as a learner.

Develop social skills

Develop social skills

Some students may need targeted teaching of social skills.

For example, students with dyspraxia may have difficulty picking up non-verbal cues or may lack self-awareness of personal hygiene issues.

  • Define one or more social behaviours the student needs to learn, in measurable terms.
  • Sensitively raise self-awareness of personal hygiene issues.
  • Share examples of good communication techniques.
  • Use a range of teaching techniques, for example, structured discussions, social stories.
  • Help students to generalise skills through role-play and video modelling.
  • Practise skills in a structured teaching situation and then in everyday situations – the student may need help to do this.
  • Check the student can use the new skills in different situations.

Useful resources

Useful resources

File

Dyspraxia: Secondary school classroom guidelines

Strategies and accommodations to assist students with dyspraxia to overcome some of the learning challenges they face.

Publisher: Dyspraxia Foundation

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File

Dyspraxia post 16 strategies

Table of strategies to explain and address or accommodate specific concerns for students.

Publisher: Dyspraxia Foundation

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Next steps

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

Return to the guide “Dyspraxia and learning”

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