Archive for the 'Reading, Writing, and Math' Category

Whole Foods- great. Whole Wheat- for some, great. Whole Language (as a reading strategy for kids with dyslexia)- sounds good, right? If it’s “whole” it must be good. Wrong! Well-done post from Dyslexia Training Institute For Those with Dyslexia, Whole Language is a Coping Mechanism, Not a Strategy The moral of the story is that [...]

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Vision Therapy to Address Learning Disabilities? One L.A. School Official Says ‘Scam’ I know there are well-meaning people who advocate for vision therapy as an effective way to treat certain aspects of learing disorders. As with most enterprises there are scams and a risk of over-selling. Certain kids need vision training. Most kids with reading [...]

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Using Mobile Screens To Make Reading Easier For Dyslexics This is a fascinating article on a few different levels. The fact that the the astrophysicist, Martin Schneps, who directs a laboratory at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, is also dyslexic is pretty cool. I know I sometimes roll my eyes at the over-emphasis on showcasing [...]

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Vision and Dyslexia, Unrelated Here’s another study, based on pretty sophisticated brain imaging that shows that visual system processing and dyslexia are not linked. While there is little debate that visual processing is important in reading and learning, the evidence piles up that when it comes to dyslexia, the most common cause of reading and [...]

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In Raising Scores, 1 2 3 Is Easier Than A B C Given that this article looks at the performance of low income students, I’m sure this is a multi-faceted issue, but it seems to be more evidence that teachers need more and different training in the science of reading instruction.

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A Gifted Student Learns to Thrive with Dyslexia This is an piece in the Wall Street Journal that highlights a New York teenager’s school life, with its ups and downs, as a student with dyslexia. Apparently she tested in the superior range (in what?) as a pre-school child, but quickly fell behind in Kindergarten in [...]

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Bill aims to help dyslexic children This time it’s Arkansas. A list of state laws pertaining to dyslexia.

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Many schools for kids with LD, like this one in Savannah, Georgia, are raising awareness about dyslexia and other learning disabilities. The Royce Center is merged with Chatham Academy and serves students in grades K-12.

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In this NY Times Opinion piece, “Is Algebra Necessary? “ Andrew Hacker, an emeritus professor of political science at Queens College, City University of New York, questions the value of requiring so much higher math of the vast majority of students who will never, he argues, need to factor polynomials, let alone tackle calculus. My [...]

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IndyCar racer Justin Wilson has been working with the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) to help raise awareness about this learning difference. Wilson, who grew up in England knows firsthand the challenges of growing up with splintered academic skills and difficulty reading and spelling. “It beats you down and knocks the confidence out of you; you [...]

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed suit against the state on Thursday on behalf of about 1,000 grade-school kids from Highland Park, Mich. who are not reading at grade level. The ACLU says this is a “ground breaking” lawsuit with potentially national implications that asserts “a child’s fundamental right to read.” The lawsuit, [...]

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Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, himself dyslexic, signed a bill that requires his state to test kindergarteners or 1st-graders for dyslexia. If a child is found to have dyslexia and their school doesn’t have educational programs designed specifically for dyslexia, the bill also enables the child’s family to be able to switch them to a public [...]

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