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Science, College, and Dyslexia - Top Young Scientist Melissa Rey

Pomona College student in Cognitive Sciences, Melissa was named America's Top Young Scientist by Discovery 3M, in addition to receiving the Smart Kids with L...
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Fantastic interview with Melissa Rey - it's no accident that she was named top young scientist in the US when she was only 16. Melissa shares that she only began to read when she was in the 4th grade, but that she always had an irrepressible curiosity that led her to figure out why things happened in the natural world and science in general. We loved her tips in college that included getting to know her teachers well and asking for a single room all 4 years (she studies by pacing and talking aloud)!

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Tips for Reading Fluency

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Check out Colorado's tips for teaching better reading fluency: http://www.cde.state.co.us/coloradoliteracy/crf/downloads/resources/presentations/Fluency.pdf

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ReadWorks for Free Leveled Readers and Questions

ReadWorks for Free Leveled Readers and Questions | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it

"Free, research-based K-6 reading comprehension lesson plans and non-fiction reading passages & question sets. Common Core aligned, teacher & principal endorsed."


It's great to have K-6 level readers complete with questions and all the Common Core standards.

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Favorite Dyslexia Stuff on Pinterest

Favorite Dyslexia Stuff on Pinterest | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it

Dyslexia teaching tips for reading, grammar, math and more on our new Favorite Dyslexia Stuff page on Pinterest.

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Help Your Child Read and Comprehend

Help Your Child Read and Comprehend | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it

Good readers use specific strategies; strategies that kids can learn and that you can teach your kids. 


 - "I wonder what happened..." or "I wonder why..."

- "Do you know what might happen..."

- "Does that remind you of..."

- "What was the most important..." "What was the most interesting..."


Active reading involves inference, questioning, prioritizing, and synthesizing. Reading with good comprehension is much more than reading the words aloud. Full article here: Good Reading Strategies.


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65 Favorite Read-Aloud Books for Boys: Reader’s Choice

65 Favorite Read-Aloud Books for Boys: Reader’s Choice | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it

Not just for boys of course - this is a wonderful list of read-alouds for boys as well as girls. Funny, whimsical, imaginative stories that include books from Beverly Clearly such as Mouse and the Motorcycle, Chronicles of Narnia, Trumpet of the Swan, Encyclopedia Brown and more. 65 Read-Alouds for Children (reluctant readers love these too)

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Visual Teaching for Language on Pinterest

Visual Teaching for Language on Pinterest | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it

Some great ideas for language teaching at the elementary level - prepositions, language arts, grammar and punctuation, and more. See more.

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Anne Matheson's curator insight, May 30, 2013 1:44 AM

Love it, will be using some of these illustration ideas for the classrooms in Uganda.

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Echo Reading with iPad - Dyslexic Advantage

Echo Reading with iPad - Dyslexic Advantage | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it
How beginning readers can be encouraged to improve their reading on an ebook like the Ipad.
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Supporting Dyslexics Secondary School - Dyslexic Advantage

Supporting Dyslexics Secondary School - Dyslexic Advantage | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it

English teachers share their tips identifying and working with students with dyslexia. A common tip-off is a student who is very bright in oral communication, but struggles getting ideas down on paper.  Assistive technology like Inspiration is also discussed.  Watch the video here.

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Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Students

Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Students | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it

Scaffolding can work for teaching any complex subject, but it certainly applies to math. Especially with math, it is often very important when introducing a new procedure to provide an example of what kind of question the procedure is used for, then proceeding through the steps - talking aloud as much as possible. Tips #4-6 are also very important for many dyslexic students - pre-teaching vocabulary, using visual aids, then providing plenty of time to pause, ask questions, pause, then review.


For language arts or social studies, scaffolding may especially help to connect with previously learned information (factual or thematic). Emphasizing the big picture also helps to make information memorable for students.

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Teaching Music and Dyslexia

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Many dyslexics are very musical and some have perfect pitch. For many students with dyslexia, playing be ear is easier than reading music or musical theory. In this brief article, an experienced music teacher shares tips about working with dyslexic music students.

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Visual Spelling Strategy for Students with Dyslexia

Nice video example of how to teach spelling using color coding, visual clues for breaking down words into smaller parts, and picture images. 

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Angé Eaton's comment, April 20, 2012 3:26 PM
I applause this method for visual thinkers. However, you may want to be sure that a child doesn't have synesthesia first (where they see letters as different colors in their mind). Using the different colored markers for the different components of the word may confuse things. Synesthesia seems to be more common than people think and many kids keep that information to themselves. Before trying this technique, I suggest asking the child if their letter a has a color. For some reason, the most common color for the letter a is red, which is a pretty good clue.

Even if a child does have synesthesia, you could still use this technique by tweeking it a little bit. Instead of using red and black markers, for instance, perhaps you could use all black, but make the phoenic component bold.

Although this seems to be pretty rare among synesthetes, my daughter had sort of a word blindness that we discovered in 4th grade. If a letter was written in a color that did not match the color that she saw it as in her mind, then she couldn't see it. For example, with the word light, she would have only seen the l and t, because her letters i, g, and h are not red. Again, this is a rare example, but something to think about.
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Stealth Dyslexia & Writing - Dyslexic Advantage

Stealth Dyslexia & Writing - Dyslexic Advantage | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it

For many gifted and older students with dyslexia, writing is a greater challenge than story reading comprehension. 'Stealth dyslexia' is a term for individuals with dyslexia who seem to fly just below the radar of detection. They may struggle with writing, spelling, math facts, and general processing speed, but have strong story reading comprehension because they can use strengths in higher order thinking to make educated guesses about meaning. For more check out this article and comment thread.

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Free Preschool Get Ready to Read! Screening Tool

Free Preschool Get Ready to Read! Screening Tool | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it

From the NCLD, a free 20 question early literacy screening tool  to identify areas that will improve reading readiness. 

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david mendlewski's curator insight, October 27, 2013 9:05 PM

A great tool to use for early identification.

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Gifted with LD: Homework as Torture

Gifted with LD: Homework as Torture | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it

"...disabilities that can be mistaken for sloth or carelessness..."


Most people have no idea how much time some LD students need to complete standard assignments such as written reports or math worksheets. There is a complete under-appreciation of working memory and processing speed limitations.

Working memory and processing speed will expand - and can improve with certain types of training, but because of lack of awareness, unreasonable expectations can take all sorts of tolls on student's emotional and psychological health.


Read Washington Post story here



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YourNextRead: Online Book Recommendation Tool

YourNextRead: Online Book Recommendation Tool | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it

What should you read next? Check out YourNextRead.com, a handy online recommendation tool - for kids as well as grownup books. 

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Building Resilience in Children

Building Resilience in Children | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it

"In today’s environment, children and teens need to develop strengths, acquire skills to cope, recover from hardships, and be prepared for future challenges..."  


Dr. Ginsburg's 7 C's of Resilience are:Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, Contribution, Coping, and Control. 


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david mendlewski's curator insight, October 27, 2013 9:21 PM

I had the opportunity to see Dr. Ginsburg give his presentation at The Perkiomen School.  He was absolutely wonderful!  I love the resiliency theory and try my best to practice his theories with my own children.

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Beautiful Math Pattern Weaver

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Many students with dyslexia are kinesthetically and artistically talented. This simple, but beautiful pattern weaver can motivate children to play with designs and mathematical relationships. Pattern weaver.

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Phonics, Sight Word, and Word Family Activities

Phonics, Sight Word, and Word Family Activities | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it

Some great ideas for teaching reading: simple manipulatives and ideas for learning sight words and word families. Includes lesson charts for common phonics blends and vowel combinations that can be tricky for students with dyslexia to remember. For more, click Beginning Reader ideas

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Reading Comprehension Problems in a Older Dyslexic Student... Think Syntax - Dyslexic Advantage

Reading Comprehension Problems in a Older Dyslexic Student... Think Syntax - Dyslexic Advantage | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it
One of the most common reasons older students with dyslexia have reading comprehension difficulties is because of syntax. It's not vocabulary or a thinking problem, many have never explicitly been taught what the rules of meaning are with complex sentences. Syntax has been defined as the proper arrangement of words and phrases for the formation of grammatically-correct sentences.


What Are the Signs of Syntax Problems?


- Mistakes on tests due to misreading or misunderstanding of questions rather than lack of knowledge
- Essays seem 'simple' because of an over-reliance on simple sentences
- Awkward sentence construction and impaired grammar conventions


Tricky Grammar Subjects
- Direct and indirect objects (Who did what to whom? For instance " The cat that the dog chased jumped over the fence"
- Gerunds (My cat's favorite activity is sleeping)
- Participles (barking dog, crying baby, etc.)
- Dependent clauses


A good site for Grammar: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/627/02/

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Phonics for Beginning Readers

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Great online sites for phonics practice and beginning readers that uses interactive animated stories, games, and good Orton-Gillingham practices.


Read here for Phonics Programs for Beginning Readers

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Mathematics for Dyslexics: Including Dyscalculia

Great resource for teaching math fundamentals to students with dyslexia and dyscalculia. The book is loaded here, though it is a bit difficult to scroll in this format, it has many valuable tips and suggestions. Chapters range from number concepts to fractions, decimals, percentage, and time.

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Anne Matheson's curator insight, May 6, 2013 7:39 AM

Looking forward to checking out the book.

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Easy to Read Books for Beginning Teen and Older Readers - Tar Heel Reader

Easy to Read Books for Beginning Teen and Older Readers - Tar Heel Reader | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it

Open source incremental easy readers for teens and older beginning readers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The books span all categories - fiction and non-fiction, with a fairly basic text-to speech voices to read them.

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Phonics Primer - Letter Sounds for Reading

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Anne Matheson's curator insight, May 30, 2013 2:10 AM

Good phonics resource.

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Dyslexic PhD: Teaching Math Without Words

Dyslexic PhD: Teaching Math Without Words | Dyslexia Teaching | Scoop.it

Dyslexic Co-Founder of the MIND Research Institute, Matthew Peterson develops a visual math program that increases math performance 3-fold at Orange County schools. Click the title above to see the video. For more examples of his math software, check out: http://www.mindresearch.net/cont/programs/demo/tours/SolvingLinearEquations/progTour.php

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