Supporting Dyslexia in the Classroom
Ten helpful things to know and do for dyslexic students in the classroom
Provide extra time on all assignments and a quiet place to work/test if needed.
Reduce the amount of words on a spelling list.
Provide various ways for a student to demonstrate his/her understanding (oral testing, video projects, etc).
Do not ask the student to read aloud in class.
Break assignments into smaller tasks.
Reduce clutter or unnecessary objects on worksheets and homework.
Provide, in advance, an outline of class lectures, a copy of class notes, organizers, and/or study guides.
Avoid penalizing a student for spelling or provide a separate grade for content and one for spelling.
Use oral directions or simplified written directions.
Reduce paper and pencil tasks.
Did you know?
Dyslexic students have numerous strengths. Opportunities to shine in these areas will help maintain a healthy self-confidence.
Dyslexic students thrive in a classroom environment that:
- Is structured.
- Is challenging academically.
- Looks at the individual child and what he/she can add to the class.
- Has low student/teacher ratio.
- Has a clear, enforced behavior system.
- Values creativity.
- Has continued academic support.
- Uses discussion / discovery instruction.
- Has fewer transitions during the day but provides plenty of opportunity to move around.
- Readily offers individual accommodations.
- Provides organizational systems to keep a student on track and motivated.
- Provides time during the school day or after school to do homework.
- Is stimulating, yet calm and predictable.
- Is warm and nurturing.
- Emphasizes quiet, independent work.
- Collaborates among grade level teachers to insure student progress.
- Has varied means of assessment, i.e. projects as well as written tests.
- Gives credit for class participation, homework, and general effort.
- Has ready access to technology.
- Has regularly scheduled times to ask for extra help.
- Has a frequent parent communication system in place.
- Has a consistent grade level curriculum.
NOTE: This information was compiled by The Schenck School
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