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[PREMIUM] How to Teach Dyslexic Students Geography

Many people may not know that a dyslexic scientist (Dr. Wally Broeker) led the first research team characterizing the Great Ocean Conveyor Belt – a massive cycling that takes place in the world’s oceans that circulates the sun’s heat around the globe and also has profound effects on marine animal migration and climate. Although the […]

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This Secondary School Developed a Comprehensive Plan to Help All DYSLEXIC Students

Here’s one remarkable school decided to go ‘all in’ to help a dyslexic high school student who seemed to be slipping away. Matthew was a rising 10th grader at a non-selective high school. The majority of students at the school were described as being of low socioeconomic status with some 40% of students identifed […]

Interview with Dyslexic Master Montessori Teacher ALISON AWES [Premium]

I recently had a chance to talk with Master Montessori Teacher Alison Awes who is based at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota. Alison is dyslexic herself and she has written about how Montessori instruction can support dyslexic students. Alison is also trained in Orton-Gillingham Level1. Like the Orton-Gillingham method, the Montessori approach was created […]

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By |September 8th, 2017|Categories: Accommodations, Advocacy, Assessment, Attention, creativity, Curriculum, dyslexia, Education, School, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Interview with Dyslexic Master Montessori Teacher ALISON AWES [Premium]

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Minecraft Reading and More

From a Wired Magazine article, How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Helps Kids to Read:

“Minecraft is the hot new videogame among teachers and parents. It’s considered genuinely educational: Like an infinite set of programmable Lego blocks, it’s a way to instill spatial reasoning, math, and logic—the skills beloved by science and technology educators. But from […]

By |September 4th, 2017|Categories: Attention, creativity, dyslexia, Education, Learning, Reading, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Minecraft Reading and More

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Positive Affirmations

A dyslexic woman and successful tech entrepreneur was interviewed and asked what helped her overcome ‘the odds.’ Here’s what she said:

“Affirmations…I literally told myself the naysayers were wrong about me. I told myself exactly what I needed to hear, every single day, to move my life forward.”

Here are some of the affirmations on her […]

By |August 30th, 2017|Categories: dyslexia, Education, Learning, Parents, Teachers|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Positive Affirmations

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The Importance of Early Identification

John Alexander of Groves Academy recently shared his frustration with the slowness of schools adopting early identification of dyslexia. Fortunately, though, progress is being made with state education laws.

“In September, 1998, we gave an assessment to all 450 kindergarten students in the district to determine those students who were at risk of developing a […]

By |August 24th, 2017|Categories: Assessment, Curriculum, dyslexia, Education, Learning, Reading, Research, School, Teaching, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on The Importance of Early Identification

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Precis Writing … or when less is more

“It will be particularly helpful if they give themselves practice in precis writing, paraphrasing, and note-taking. If one has to write a precis one is forced not only to think out carefully what are the key ideas in a particular passage but also to express them concisely, accurately, and clearly. Paraphrasing makes similar demands […]

By |August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Dysgraphia, dyslexia, Education, Learning, Strategies, Teaching, Uncategorized, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Precis Writing … or when less is more

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MATH: When Words Get In the Way

From Miles and Miles’ wonderful Dyslexia and Mathematics book:

Here is an example of a dyslexic student’s sharing of how she becomes confused by what a teacher is saying. The capital letters indicate words that required her to stop and think.

Teacher:

“We are going to TAKE 25 FROM 61. WRITE DOWN 61 first (I sometimes wrote […]

By |August 18th, 2017|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Dyscalculia, dyslexia, Education, Learning, Math, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on MATH: When Words Get In the Way

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Dyslexia and Foreign Language Learning [Premium]

 “…reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in foreign languages are all significantly affected by weaknesses in linguistic coding skills even when the native language has been been well-mastered…” – Elike Schneider and Margaret Crombie in Dyslexia and Foreign Language Learning Because of the significant challenges that dyslexic individuals face with the matching sounds and letters […]

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By |May 17th, 2017|Categories: Foreign Language|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dyslexia and Foreign Language Learning [Premium]

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Let Them Listen – Audiobooks and Dyslexia

 Let Them Listen!
“The objective of the present research study was to understand what benefits the use of audiobooks (both school-books and books of various genres, recorded on digital media) could bring to preadolescents and adolescents with developmental dyslexia. Two groups, each consisting of 20 adolescents, were compared. The experimental group used the audiobooks, while […]

WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM A CHILD’S WRITING [Premium]

There are many skills that are required to write by hand. Besides having an idea and being able to organize it into words, there’s remembering the motor, kinesthetic, and visual sequences of letters and words and being able to discern similar and dissimilar sounds (auditory processing, phonemic awareness). No wonder it’s hard to write! What […]

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By |February 28th, 2017|Categories: Accommodations, Apps, Assessment, Dysgraphia, Strategies, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM A CHILD’S WRITING [Premium]

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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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By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: Curriculum, dyslexia, Education, Language Arts, Learning, Premium, Premium Content, Spelling, Strategies, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on STRATEGIES FOR THE MOST COMMON SPELLING MISTAKES: THE SCHWA [Premium]

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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 […]