Dyslexia Awareness Week – tips for teaching dyslexic pupils

Dyslexia Awareness Week has just flashed by. Here are some tips for teachers teaching dyslexic pupils.

  1. Assess skills and understanding before you start, so you can identify difficulties and measure progress.
  2. Use structured programmes of work so pupils can succeed at every level.
  3. Adapt the pace of progress to the pupils.
  4. Use multi-sensory methods and resources.
  5. Make activities short and successful.
  6. Provide age-appropriate reading materials to boost self-esteem.
  7. Use contexts that are relevant to learners, such as football or TV series.
  8. Allow lots of varied practice, revisiting the same skills through different activities.
  9. Monitor whether pupils are failing to progress. If so, the teaching is moving too quickly or not allowing enough over-learning.
  10. Conclude lessons with what has been learned and start them with a reminder of what was learned previously.
  11. Intersperse lessons with short games (not necessarily educational, just fun).
  12. Try to work cumulatively, referring along the way to what has been learned.
  13. After a while, show pupils evidence of progress.
  14. Reward effort in ways that are meaningful to pupils.

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