What “ah-ha” moments did you have as a result of completing the reading? What makes sense to you now that didn’t before?

I really liked reading about the different ways that students are accommodated. I think that it listed a lot of great ideas that I will refer back to when I am a classroom teacher. I also liked the part on the Dysgraphia website about ways to create a writing assignment. It gave the acronym POWER:

Prepare- list all your ideas

Organize- assemble the ideas

Write the draft

Edit- looking for and correcting any errors

Revise- write the final draft

I really also found the classroom accommodations for helping students with slow processing speed interesting. Over the summer I worked at a summer camp and I had a girl with extremely slow processing, which started me thinking about how I would accommodate her in the classroom. This gave me some really great ideas that I wish I had know over the summer to help her.

I did not have that many ah-ha moments when reading this because I feel like we have already worked with accommodations and modifications in the classroom, but it was interesting to learn more about specific accommodations for each disability.

What (specific) strategies might you want to use with students with learning disabilities in the classroom?  (hint: you could use this list in your Accommodations and Modifications project)

  • Chunk tasks into smaller parts
  • Giving directions verbally or written
  • Give more time to finish tests
  • Let students use tape recorders
  • Use software to spell check, grammar check or recognize speech
  • Provide audio books
  • Provide picture instructions
  • Provide different ways to respond to answers
  • Show examples of work
  • Arrange work easiest to hardest
  • Pre-teach new and important concepts

What questions/points of confusion do you hope that I will address in class?

Can you please explain more about Dyspraxia?

What is the difference between Dyspraxia and Dysgraphia?