Forum Hidden Dyslexia for TA/LAs

Learning and teaching styles by Moira Thomson - Thursday, 7 April 2011, 07:14 AM

 
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Learning and teaching styles by Moira Thomson - Thursday, 7 April 2011, 07:14 AM
by Alasdair Andrew - Saturday, 26 January 2013, 4:48 PM
 

Some teachers do not agree that their teaching style creates a barrier to learning for children with dyslexia – they believe that all children should be able to adapt to different teachers.

Some believe that teachers as well as classroom/learning assistants should make adjustments to suit dyslexic learners – what do you think?

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Re: Learning and teaching styles by Moira Thomson - Thursday, 7 April 2011, 07:14 AM
by Alasdair Andrew - Saturday, 26 January 2013, 4:48 PM
 
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Re: Learning and teaching styles
by tracy Lenthall - Monday, 8 August 2011, 01:12 PM
It's clear that we all have preferred ways of doing and learning things. But as educational staff it's not for us to assume a child will be able to adapt to our 'preferred' style in order to learn. We are all individuals, and should do the best we can to encompass each child's individuality and make any adjustments we are able to ensure that individual learning styles are included where ever possible. I work in an enviroment where multi sensory teaching is considered normal everyday good practice and have witnessed the way different children are able to learn 'the same outcome' through combined visual, audio and kinesthetic teaching. The curriculum for excellence has more recently seen an increase in this type of working for secondary pupils too.
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Re: Learning and teaching styles
by Eilidh MacDonald - Wednesday, 6 June 2012, 11:30 AM
Working within secondary school all teachers do have differernt styles but we are lucky enough as our school is small so has the advantage that if a child has a problem then a different learning style for that child can be found whether they are sat closer to the board or they can have photo copies made of the lesson so they don't have to take notes. I think it would be unacceptable for a teacher to just assume that a child can adapt to their way of teaching especially if the child has problems. In agreeement with Tracy Lenthall the curriculum for excellence is bringing in a more varied way of teaching using visual, audio and kinesthetic which may help a lot more children learn.
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Re: Learning and teaching styles by Moira Thomson - Thursday, 7 April 2011, 07:14 AM
by Alasdair Andrew - Saturday, 26 January 2013, 5:07 PM
 
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by Clare Sargent - Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 07:57 PM
I absolutely cannot imagine that a teacher could be so arrogant to think their teaching style would be a one-fits-all presentation! Why should a child ever have to `adapt` to not learning?
Teachers and TAs should and can definitely make adjustments. At my school , we are always asking each other`s opinions on what we can do better for individuals who do not learn traditionally. We really are willing to try anything. It is our job, after all to make the curriculum accessible for all, is it not?
It is difficult to be all things to all people all the time but it is up to us to try everything.This is especially true if you are aware of the identified dyslexic learner. There are thankfully a lot of resources available, so there is really no excuse not to adapt. How can a child be responsible for figuring all that out on their own?!