Body mapping

Body mapping is an activity where students are guided through the process of making a life-size outline of themselves which they fill with images, symbols and words representative of their experiences. It is a creative and reflective activity.

Body mapping’s emphasis on visual storytelling can be particularly useful for students who use alternative communication methods and students who access individualised support for speech, language or literacy. 

Chalmers Road School

Students and staff at Chalmers Road School demonstrate the body mapping method.

St George School

Students and staff at St George School go through the body mapping method step-by-step.

You can also learn more about how Photovoice can be used by teachers as part of their classroom evaluation.

My Say My Way 

My Say My Way developed accessible ways for students with disability to provide feedback on their learning and experiences. 

Giving students a voice is an important part of student agency and self-determination, one of six principles highlighted in the department’s Inclusive Education Statement for students with disability as essential in embedding inclusive practice in schools. 

The department  worked with 24 schools to develop and trial three accessible methods of capturing feedback from students with moderate and high support needs about their education. This includes photovoice , body mapping  and three  accessible online surveys catering to different support needs. 

The trial was done in partnership with the University of New South Wales. Students were asked what they liked about school, how and what they learned, their relationships with staff and other students, life after school and more.


School Excellence Framework alignment

Wellbeing

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers alignment

Standard 1: Know students and how they learn

Audience

Primary teachers, SLSOs

Purpose

This resource can be used by teachers to help students express themselves. See an example of how a classroom teacher guides students through the process of making a life-size outline of themselves which they fill with images, symbols and words representative of their experiences. 

 

Timeframes and when to use

This resource can be used at any time to provide further information and practice guidance

Evidence base

This resource was developed with the AllPlay Learn team who conducted a series of systematic reviews of the empirical literature, with over 177,000 articles screened. The resources remain up-to-date, with content reflecting best practice reviewed by a world-class multidisciplinary research team, led by Monash University.

Reviewed

November 2021. Share your feedback here

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