Previous posts about literacy focused on oral reading. Today’s entry suggests ways to guide children to match the symbols of letters to their “short” sounds. All ideas in this post come from Project Read. After taking numerous workshops on various ways to teach phonics, I decided Project Read provided one of the most user-friendly methods to present this aspect of reading. Continue reading
Amy Campbell, who serves as the school counselor at the Rawson Saunders School for Dyslexia, provides a powerful post about children with dyslexia. I am grateful to Amy for contributing this valuable message. Rawson Saunders School for Dyslexia provides a unique and powerful education for children with special needs.
Student Empowerment and Dyslexia
Being the counselor at Rawson Saunders, the only full-curriculum school in Central Texas for dyslexic students, has gifted me the opportunity to get up close and personal with dyslexia. It’s impossible to put into words all of the many different dimensions, challenges, and gifts our dyslexic students display and experience, but these student quotes reflect some important ideas and represent perspectives that have been expressed by a large majority of our students. The students at Rawson Saunders have taught me some important things about dyslexia and empowerment. Continue reading
The following definition of dyslexia is from the Texas Education Code (state law): “Dyslexia means a disorder of constitutional origin manifested by a difficulty in learning to read, write, or spell, despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence, and sociocultural opportunity.” Broken down, dyslexia is a condition originating before or during birth that makes reading, writing, and spelling difficult to learn. Continue reading
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Slaying the Dragons
We know that those fearsome, fire-breathing creatures known as dragons do not truly exist. Yet, in the world of literacy instruction, teachers often feel as though they are battling equally severe and frightening conditions that hinder literacy success. Continue reading