STRATEGIES FOR THE MOST COMMON SPELLING MISTAKES: THE SCHWA [Premium]

Once you learn how to recognize the ‘schwa’, you’ll start recognizing them everywhere! In linguistics, the schwa sound is represented by an upside-down ‘e’ and the mouth position is alot like the ‘uh’ sound in ‘butter’. It contributes to lots of misspellings in dyslexic students (and actually non-dyslexic students too) so recognizing the patterns can […]

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Latest Research: Repetition As a Poor Way to Teach Dyslexics [Premium]

In groundbreaking research, researchers at MIT or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported that dyslexic children and adults have “a diminished ability to acclimate to a repeated input in their paper titled “Dysfunction of Rapid Neural Adaption in Dyslexia.” Like many research papers, dyslexia is seen through a negative lens (‘dysfunction’) and the take-home points […]

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Latest Research: Dyslexia, Sequential Memory, and Seeing the Big Picture (Free with Premium Extras)

 “My mind doesn’t work like a train track. It’s more like a web page with lots of hyperlinks.” – dyslexic honors college student.

It’s refreshing to see that more researchers take an interest on dyslexia beyond reading. In this recent paper from Belgium and Missouri, the challenges of remembering sequential information  for dyslexics and non-dyslexics was […]

By |November 14th, 2016|Categories: ADD / ADHD, Brain, Executive Function, Learning, Memory, Modifications, Sequencing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Latest Research: Dyslexia, Sequential Memory, and Seeing the Big Picture (Free with Premium Extras)

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Memory: Why Drill Can Kill – and What to Do Instead [Premium]

It would almost seem without question that repetition should be helpful for learning, but researchers have found that if  repetitions are too much and too long (longer than 10 seconds in one paradigm), further repetition caused poorer memory and word retrieval rather than better! From one of the papers below: “Both Experiments 1 and 2 demonstrated a […]

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By |November 9th, 2016|Categories: Brain, Math, Strategies, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Memory: Why Drill Can Kill – and What to Do Instead [Premium]

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The Fight over Rote Math

 If you think you’ve been hearing conflicting information about rote math in the news or from schools, you’re absolutely right. The fight is spilling over into educational policy makers and makers of standardized tests such as the College Board. For dyslexic and dyscalculic students the risk is of being caught in the middle.

This past […]

Research: Classroom Culture Matters – Effects on Reading Performance [Premium]

In the latest issue of the Journal of Learning Disabilities, researchers from Harvard and Greece found that classroom culture, and in particular LD students’ perceptions of their classrooms motivational framework had sudden, significant, and unpredictable effects on reading performance and students’ emotional state. From the authors: “The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the […]

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By |November 5th, 2016|Categories: Education, Language Arts, Premium, Premium Content, Psychology, School, Social and Emotional, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Research: Classroom Culture Matters – Effects on Reading Performance [Premium]

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Dyslexic Advantage Premium – Issue 11 Organizing Creativity

 Premium Issue 11 October 29, 2016 Organizing Creativity, Stealth Dyslexia, Dyslexia and Self Image, Memorizing for School, What Worked for 2E Gifted Dyslexics, Art Therapy for Dysgraphia, Hands-On Math for Fractions, More Interactive Reading Strategies, Mastering Foreign Languages and More This issue has memory strategies that seem to be helpful for a majority of dyslexic folk […]

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Math Strategies for Arithmetic – Number Flexibility

“Everybody could rock through their multiplication tables and I could do my ones and my twos and my zeros and my tens, and that was about it.” – Jack Laws, naturalist

I’ve been enjoying a book, Mathematical Mindsets written by Stanford Professor Jo Boaler.

It’s great stuff. She’ll help a lot of dyslexic students if they […]

By |October 10th, 2016|Categories: Dyscalculia, dyslexia, Math, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Math Strategies for Arithmetic – Number Flexibility

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Choosing the Right Reading Level Books for Students with Dyslexia

By |October 7th, 2016|Categories: dyslexia, Language Arts, Learning, Reading, Research, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Choosing the Right Reading Level Books for Students with Dyslexia

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Teaching Chemistry to Students with Dyslexia [Premium]

 Although high school Chemistry is required for many of the top 4 year liberal arts colleges and college Chemistry is a necessary requirement for many majors and careers that many dyslexic students excel in like engineering or medicine, there is a surprising lack of resources available to students having their first encounter with chemistry […]

What to Do If a Reading Curriculum Doesn’t Work [Premium]

It happens to everybody. You research a curriculum thoroughly or it gets through several levels of a review and then you put it into action and… it just doesn’t connect. What do you do? There are several common reasons why a curriculum doesn’t connect with a particular student – and so some trial and error and […]

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Math Journal Club: Strategic Instruction for Fractions

This past week, researchers published an interesting study that suggested that students should receive explicit instructions about why certain approaches are chosen for certain types of math programs. As it turns out, studies of  strategic math instruction seems to especially benefit students with “learning disabilities.”

This approach should be valuable to students with dyslexia because rather than […]

By |August 30th, 2016|Categories: Dyscalculia, dyslexia, Math, RTI, Strategies, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Math Journal Club: Strategic Instruction for Fractions

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Tips for Supporting a Student with Dyscalculia – Steve Chinn

Thanks Steve Chinn of Maths Explained for this post.

Steve also has several books with practical strategies to help with math and dyscalculia. There’s The Trouble with Maths and an eagerly awaited Mathematics for Dyslexics and Dyscalculics – 4th Edition which is now available on pre-order! Thanks, Steve!

Tip 1. Watch and listen.

Tip 2. Be empathetic (especially […]

Math Tips: Teaching Place Value [Premium]

“Many problems that appear in later numeracy can be traced back to a lack of understanding of place value. It therefore needs careful attention, particularly when zeros are involved.” – Chinn & Ashcroft, Mathematics for Dyslexics

Place value may be covered quite quickly in a student’s first math lessons, but for the dyslexic student, who […]

By |July 12th, 2016|Categories: Dyscalculia, dyslexia, Math|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Math Tips: Teaching Place Value [Premium]

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Executive Function: What Smart People Do Differently While Learning [Premium]

When researchers compared high IQ and average test subjects in a learning paradigm, the results were surprising.

In some areas high IQ individuals work less, as might be expected by the idea that higher IQ people have more efficient brains for learning tasks, but in other areas, high IQ brains were working harder.

When were high […]

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The Beauty of Guessing

I’ve been away from the blog a bit because we’re finishing articles for our Premium magazine this month and I’ve been buried in articles about visual spatial learning and preferred learning strategies of boys.

Now I know that it’s pretty common for the practice of ‘guessing’ to get a pretty bad rap in the context […]

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