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OHOA Module: Availability for Learning

Learning Activity 4: Becoming an Observer - Identifying Internal and External Factors

Time to complete: 3 hours


In this activity you will be introduced to a variety of tools and observational strategies that you can use to identify possible internal and external factors that influence your student's availability to learn. They cover three important areas: 1) biobehavioral states, 2) student preferences (likes and dislikes), and 3) a student's use of sensory channels.

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Observing and documenting characteristics about a student (e.g., likes and dislikes, strongest sensory channels) helps you and other team members figure out ways to help the student become available learn.