Category: Special Needs

How to conquer divide?

    The word ‘divide’ comes from Latin: dividere “to force apart, cleave, distribute,” Division as a concept is fiendishly difficult to teach. Most children can understand ‘sharing’ objects and move on to sharing on ‘plates’ but does this naturally lead to more formalised… Continue Reading “How to conquer divide?”

Where do we go from here? dyslexia

On the 31/1/19 there will be a discussion about dyslexia at the IoE involving some eminent people in the field: ‘Dyslexia diagnosis, scientific understandings and belief in a flat earth.’ This follows a statement last year from Warwickshire and Staffordshire County Council that a… Continue Reading “Where do we go from here? dyslexia”

Analysing spellings: metacognition

  Whilst there are many creative approaches to teaching, spelling has not benefited from this in the past. How has spelling been taught historically in your school? Typically, spelling is not taught at all but delivered as lists, sent home to ‘look, cover, write… Continue Reading “Analysing spellings: metacognition”

Movin on up: transition

  It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to transition and if you have an effective transition in your school, you’ve probably been thinking about it for a while. I’m talking here about the move to…BIG SCHOOL. Pupils with dyslexia often find this… Continue Reading “Movin on up: transition”

To my teachers: from an adult dyslexic

      Here are some thoughts from @creativeartJan on helping her school age self: Give me the information/learning in advance, so I can plan ahead and be prepared. Provide a list of key vocabulary. Give worksheets and books with clear, large font. Give… Continue Reading “To my teachers: from an adult dyslexic”

Handwriting: ‘we write not with the fingers but with the whole person’.

  What does the title quote tell us about handwriting and the act of writing? The quote, from Orlando (Virginia Woolf), goes on: ‘The nerve which controls the pen winds itself about every fibre of our being, threads the heart, pierces the liver’. The… Continue Reading “Handwriting: ‘we write not with the fingers but with the whole person’.”

To IEP or not to IEP. Why is that in question?

IEP stands for Individualised Education Plan. Does your school use IEP’s? Is there a whole school understanding of their purpose and a rigour around setting and achieving targets? How do teachers feel/think about them? That they are a paperwork exercise and take up too… Continue Reading “To IEP or not to IEP. Why is that in question?”

Fantastic Contractions and how to find them!

Using a strip to fold away the vowel in a contraction – I had to shorten this. Hope it makes sense!! #contractions #DyslexiaAwarenessWeek #21stCenturyDyslexia pic.twitter.com/qUjBvDikSM — 📚💭✍️ (@thinkpix_suze) October 5, 2018 Arrrrrrgh what’s a contraction??????? Question: how can I give a concrete meaning to… Continue Reading “Fantastic Contractions and how to find them!”

Dyslexia; mental health matters!

Dyslexia impacts on the mental health of a child and its carers. The wellbeing of the dyslexic and their family is in the hands of the school, other educational setting, or work. Wield your power mindfully and with compassion. I returned to education a… Continue Reading “Dyslexia; mental health matters!”

Dyslexia: start a discussion

  The first academic paper on dyslexia was published in 1896 in the British Medical Journal by William Pringle Morgan. Dyslexia was ‘discovered’ by psychologists, who, when presented with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, found that despite average or above IQ’s, they had… Continue Reading “Dyslexia: start a discussion”

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