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Teaching Common Core Academic Vocabulary to Students with Dyslexia [Premium]

Teaching Common Core Academic Vocabulary to Students with Dyslexia [Premium]

Academic Vocabulary are words that usually appear in higher educational settings or advanced texts rather than everyday conversational speech. Before the Common Core, most language arts programs had little emphasis on explicit teaching of academic words, but direct instruction is often very important for students with dyslexia because it contributes significantly to test performance and […]

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Strategies for Addressing Math Mistakes [Premium]

Strategies for Addressing Math Mistakes [Premium]

Working memory mistakes in math include mistakes such as losing place in problems, errors due to missed steps or key information, and calculation errors like near-misses or reversed digits, directional errors, or procedural errors like errors of grouping or carrying. In the video below, teacher Leah Alcala shares how she decided to change how she […]

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[PREMIUM] The Auditory Friendly Classroom

[PREMIUM] The Auditory Friendly Classroom

ENVIRONMENT – Reduce background noise as much as possible (carpeted, tennis balls on chair legs, closed doors) – Preferential seating for students – away from doors, windows, noisy heaters, overhead projectors, pencil sharpeners, noisy classmates – Allow students to wear musicians earplugs while doing quiet work. – FM Speaker or Headset   FOR STUDENTS – […]

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Doing Math : Inchworms vs. Grasshoppers [Premium]

Doing Math : Inchworms vs. Grasshoppers [Premium]

‘If a child does not learn the way you teach then teach him the way he learns.’ Two American school teachers noticed that their students tended to prefer one of the two ways their teachers explained math. The inchworm style was part-to-whole, dutifully performing incremental step-by-step pencil work, following the solving of math problems more […]

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Your Brain on Math Anxiety [Premium]

Your Brain on Math Anxiety [Premium]

This is your brain with math anxiety. In children as young as 7 years old, researchers found that activation in areas such as the amygdala and hippocampus were seen in children who had high math anxiety. The amydala and hippocampus are areas of the brain associated with fear condition and negative emotions. The children were […]

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[PREMIUM] What is Dyslexia? – Fast Facts for Teachers

[PREMIUM] What is Dyslexia? – Fast Facts for Teachers

THE MOST COMMON LEARNING DIFFERENCE Dyslexia is the most common learning difference, seen in up to 15-20% of the population. Dyslexia tends to run in families, but it can vary a great deal from family member to family member. IT’S NOT JUST READING Reading challenges are a central feature of dyslexia, but dyslexia-related brain differences […]

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[PREMIUM] Big Picture and Dyspraxia

[PREMIUM] Big Picture and Dyspraxia

The good news about dyspraxia is that there are many positive strategies that can significantly improve functioning. #1. SELF-AWARENESS – Self-awareness is the most important tool of children and adults with dyspraxia. There are many everyday classroom and real world tasks that can be extremely difficult or even impossible for a person with dyspraxia. Without […]

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Positive Strategies for College [PREMIUM]

Positive Strategies for College [PREMIUM]

In a recent research study (abstract only) of dyslexic students at college, the following strategies were mentioned: 1. Go to Lecture and Just Listen. It was common for students to be unable to listen and note-take at the same. Face-to-face lectures were preferred to recorded lectures because audio quality was sometimes bad, and some students […]

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