As promised, here is guest post number two!
I feel honored to be featured on Rachel Lynette’s popular blog, Minds In Bloom. I’ve included the introduction to the article below. You’ll find my 37 tips over at Minds In Bloom (link below). Please enjoy and share with a friend if you’re moved to do so!
37 Ways to Help Students with Dyslexia Flourish in the Mainstream Classroom
You work so hard. You’re dynamite with your students. You spend hours preparing your classroom activities. And yet, your hard work isn’t paying off for all of your students.
You’re not alone.
Most classroom teachers have a small handful of students who misspell words, struggle to memorize math facts, or hate to read out loud. Sound familiar?
Chances are good that some of these students have dyslexia.
Dyslexia is a loaded word.
There are lots of misconceptions and misunderstandings about this condition. Maybe you’ve heard a few of these myths?
- People with dyslexia see words backwards.
- Only boys are impacted by dyslexia.
- People with dyslexia are less intelligent.
- Dyslexia is caused by bad teaching.
- People with dyslexia can’t learn to read.
Here’s what we know to be true.
Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that can impact reading, writing, and spelling. People with dyslexia struggle to match up letters with their sounds.
Typical learners use the temporal-occipital lobe to read. Individuals with dyslexia use different neural pathways and different areas of the brain to read. As a result, reading is often slow and inaccurate.
I’m going to be honest with you: dyslexia interventions are time-intensive. As an educational therapist, I frequently schedule over 100 sessions per year with individual students.
You probably have 25 other students in your classroom, lessons to plan, and homework packets to correct. So, the question is…
What can you do right now to reach the students in your classroom who struggle with dyslexia?
37 things, actually.
Want to read more? Hop over to Minds In Bloom to read the rest of the article.