4. myWAY Employability: Sensory/Learning profiles

Middle years
Senior years
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Resources are provided with this practice

Yes

Summary

The purpose of this practice is to encourage students to:

  • explore their sensory and learning profiles
  • think about how these individual differences impact their learning
  • begin to relate these differences to future study/career choices
  • begin to develop self-advocacy skills

The practice contains a whole-term project entitled, “Me as a learner” and connects to a quiz on myWAY Employability.

This practice meets the needs of diverse learners. Some students may require assistance to engage in tasks requiring career-related self-awareness, and/or to independently navigate the website. These students should be identified and paired with a peer mentor.

This practice aligns with the General Capabilities of the Australian curriculum as described on the website of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

This practice also aligns with the National Curriculum Work Studies as described on the website of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

This practice will help students to

Develop self-awareness

Connect self-awareness to career choices

Appreciate difference

This practice will help teachers to

Use myWAY Employability

Where this practice fits into myWAY Employability educator resources

map of practices 4 learner profile

Apply this practice with your students

The tabs below provide information to support your implementation of this practice. The sequence aligns with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership's High-Quality Professional Learning Cycle. You can find out more about high quality professional learning in the Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders.

A. Plan

Familiarise yourself with the Sensory Preferences quiz on the myWAY Employability website so that you can demonstrate it to students and assist them in class if needed.

Choose from several resource materials provided in this practice to use or adapt ahead of the lesson.

Remember: 

description of levels of scaffolding

Glossary

The glossary can be used to assist students to pre-learn the vocabulary used in this practice. If you are not sure how to pre-teach vocabulary, we have a quick example inserted at the end of this planning section which is intended for viewing by teachers only.

Glossary - 1 Hand - Learner profiles

Activity: Story of myself as a learner 

The following resources are available if you choose to do this task.

Teacher notes

Teacher notes explain the Story of myself activity.

Teacher notes - Learner Profiles

Student worksheet

One version of the student Story of myself as a learner worksheet.

Student worksheet - 1 Hand - Learner profiles

Teacher feedback

Teacher feedback worksheet to provide written feedback to the student learner.

You will need to provide information to the teaching staff about the activity and their role in the activity.

Teacher feedback sheet - Learner profiles

Peer modelling

You could supplement the practice by further modelling “self-advocacy skills” to students. We would encourage you to have a previous student who has had to self-advocate attend as a guest speaker and present on a topic similar to “self-advocacy – what it is and why it is important”. 

Lesson plan

ThisLesson Plan is incorporated in Section C: Apply the practice below. 

Lesson Plan - Learner profiles

Practical checks

  • Have all students created an individualised login?

  • Do all students have  access to the myWAY Employability website?

  • If needed, have you organised a peer mentor or an additional adult? 

Pre-teaching vocabulary

The glossary can be used to assist students to pre-learn the vocabulary used in this practice. If you want to refresh how to pre-teach vocabulary, we have a quick example here, which is for viewing by teachers only

B. Set goals

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C. Apply the practice

1. Login to myWay Employability

Ensure that your students have access to a computer to individually log onto the myWAY Employability website.

Familiarise yourself with the resources provided in the plan section. Download, adapt and copy the resources from the Plan section if you are using them.

2. Please adapt this lesson plan to meet your needs

Screenshot of the Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan - Learner profiles

3. Introduce the myWAY Employability Sensory Preferences Quiz

Go to the myWAY Employability website and show students the Learner Preferences section on the dashboard. You will need Internet access for this task.

Use a Smartboard if you have one available, otherwise ask students to go the website (using a computer or tablet) and talk them through it.

Demonstrate to students how to complete the quiz. You might find the peer video helpful.

D. Reflect and refine

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