Shelley Wear, a long-time volunteer on our Dyslexic Advantage editorial team shared these pandemic hacks for her classroom.
“The struggle is real to make sure students understand what you are saying with a mask on. I purchased a personal amplifier (small box with microphone headset) and it has been a game changer for my classroom. Students are much more attentive and I believe it has really helped.
I am also using a multisensory approach to decoding, teaching Visual Phonics.
The paras have overheard students talking about how fun it is when kids are in the hallways and think no one is listening. I am relieved, because I have limited access to middle school materials to teach decoding and a large percentage of my LD students are struggling with sound to symbol recognition.
Using Visual Phonics gives me a kinesthetic way to show them what each sound looks like as it’s being formed in the mouth. It’s a bit unorthodox, but I have found that a greater number of students make progress in decoding with this in my tool bag. It gives me a simultaneous visual /kinesthetic/ aural way to communicate to students how to fix errors in reading throughout the year. It’s so much better than a red pen…and personally meets the student right where they are.”
Visual Phonics was originally developed for the hearing-impaired.