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Common Irregular Words [Premium]

Common Irregular Words [Premium]

There are many common irregular words in the English language – and although some teachers and curricula may choose to postpone learning those tricky words until later, it is good, whether you’re a parent, tutor, or teacher, to have an approach to teach students how to distinguish similar words rather than simply saying that the spellings are “exceptions.” Some students are very logical – and may learn better if they are taught exceptions whenever these situations arise.  

  Here is an example of a tutor who uses picture associations – doodles and colors and boxes to make the different meanings and spellings of “wood” and “would” distinct:     The book series Words Their Way is one popular and fairly inexpensive approach […]

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Sensory Processing and Dyslexia [Premium]

Sensory Processing and Dyslexia [Premium]

What about Sensory Processing and Dyslexia? We recently received a question about this in regard to a young child who is dyslexic. Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration Disorder (an older term) is a term originally coined by a developmental psychologist and occupational therapist, Dr. Jean Ayres in the early 1960s. It described difficulties in sensory regulation that involved the five senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touch) as well as balance (proprioception – spatial orientation and movement).

Sensory Processing Disorder came to greater awareness after Carol Kranowitz published the book, The Out-of-Sync Child. Though not a formal medical diagnostic term, sensory processing disorder or SPD often presented in the toddler or early elementary school years when children were noted to be a […]

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The Challenge of Word Problems [Premium]

The Challenge of Word Problems [Premium]

Just as challenging text or long technical words can be difficult to decode without explicit instruction, so word problems in math can cause students to struggle without explicit instruction and highlight to the patterns that exist between problems. Many dyslexic students will struggle as they progress through higher levels of math without being able to grasp the big picture of what they are learning and trying to master. Teaching the different categories of word problems they are likely to encounter brings simplification and order to an otherwise chaotic accumulation of math problems.  

  One helpful free public resource for helping students with math is the math guide from the IES or Institute for Education Sciences here. Here are examples of how change […]

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Managing Forgetfulness and Recognizing Its Benefits [Premium]

Managing Forgetfulness and Recognizing Its Benefits [Premium]

Can there be any benefits to forgetting? Not all types of memory are alike – and forgetting also takes on many different forms. STRANGE INSIGHTS INTO MEMORY FROM AI A funny thing happened when AI researchers tried to teach machines to learn many languages. Having a perfect memory – it seems, whether in machines or people – isn’t a good thing for flexible and generalizable learning. To really be super flexible learner, you have to forget.  

  From Quanta Magazine’ How Selective Forgetting Can Help AI Learn Better: “A team of computer scientists has created a nimbler, more flexible type of machine learning model. The trick: It must periodically forget what it knows… A few years ago, Artetxe and others trained a […]

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MIND Strengths for Tutors: Material Reasoning  [Premium]

MIND Strengths for Tutors: Material Reasoning [Premium]

What many tutors will have noticed is that many structured literacy strategies require frequent repetition because they focus remediation on tasks that are especially difficult for many dyslexic students – the automatic identification of the phonemes that make up words.

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Not the Standard Track: Extracurriculars and Work Experience [Premium]

Not the Standard Track: Extracurriculars and Work Experience [Premium]

There are many ways of getting from A to Z and many of them don’t require a 4.0 GPA and elite school tracks. Dyslexics as a group may have trouble following the traditional route to their dream career because many of their academic strengths are late-blooming.

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Research Updates in Gifted Dyslexics [Premium]

Research Updates in Gifted Dyslexics [Premium]

Research into the Gifted Dyslexic population remains scarce, but there have been a few articles in the last years that may be helpful in identifying and supporting these students. One difficulty interpreting data from twice-exceptional research is that studies that focus solely on students with unevenness in scores may combine gifted dyslexic student scores with those who are gifted and on the autism spectrum. Because fluid reasoning scores may be very different between gifted and autistic populations, it’s difficult to draw conclusions for either group. As an example, Danika Maddocks in Gifted Child Quarterly undertook a review of 3891 K-12 school children, but failed to distinguish 2e-LD subpopulations. As a result, when she concluded that twice-exceptional LD students could outperform non twice exceptional students in […]

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Math and Sciences: Symbols and Dyslexia [Premium]

Math and Sciences: Symbols and Dyslexia [Premium]

It’s important to be aware that although many dyslexics have natural strengths in math reasoning and scientific thinking, these strengths may not be evident during K-12 education because of challenges with symbol confusion and polysemous or multiple meaning words in math and science. As a result, even students with high potential in science and math may find themselves underperforming in these subjects. Few specialty teachers receive training in ways to support their dyslexic students, so students are left on their own to figure out lessons and homework. THE PROBLEM WITH SYMBOLS Symbols can be a great challenge to dyslexic students because of a common weakness in snapshot picture or eidetic memory. The same difficulty that makes it so hard to take a picture of spelling […]

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The Expansive Life of IBM’s Thomas Watson, Jr [Premium]

The Expansive Life of IBM’s Thomas Watson, Jr [Premium]

“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure.” — Thomas Watson, Jr.   Recently, I had the chance to interview Tom Watson Jr’s grandson, Ralph Watson McElvenny and his co-author Marc Wortman. Tom Watson Jr. was one of those people who seemed to live larger than life. He struggled mightily as a child – and was sort of a black sheep of a talented family for years, but he found his niche – and later expanded that into multiple niches, There’s a lot to be gained from learning more about his life.   From the book’s press release: “Nearly fifty years into IBM’s existence, Thomas Watson Jr. undertook the biggest gamble in business […]

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