Date
18 July 2019

Support participation and build confidence

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Classroom strategies years 9-13’

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Give extra time

Give extra time

Extra time for processing ideas, assessments and assignments is essential for students with dyslexia. Discuss with students what they need.

Foster trust and confidence

Foster trust and confidence

Build trust by ensuring practical supports and actions are built into the culture of the classroom.

  • Use your knowledge of students’ cultures, interests, and strengths to create opportunities for them to take the lead.
  • Foster tuakana-teina relationships and create a class culture where students support each other.
  • Give ongoing prompts and positive feedback. Provide the student with strategies to help them when they get stuck.
  • Recognise and eliminate situations that students may find difficult or embarrassing because of their physical or cognitive differences.
  • Recognise avoidance strategies, provide support and encouragement.
  • Act quickly on any concerns about a student’s well-being.
  • Feedback success to students’ parents and whānau.

Demonstrate empathy

Demonstrate empathy

The empathy a teacher demonstrates can have a significant impact on a student's confidence. 

Build your knowledge of dyslexia to build trust.

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Closely monitor well-being

Closely monitor well-being

Be alert for signs that a student is not feeling good about themselves. Act when you notice something.

Even more debilitating than having difficulty with basic skills can be an accompanying feeling of failure or low-self worth

Useful resources

Useful resources

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UDL-aligned strategies

Publisher: Goalbook

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Website

5 ways dyslexia can affect your child’s social life

Publisher: Understood

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Website

Dyslexia and Anxiety: What You Need to Know

Publisher: Understood

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13”:

Return to the guide “Dyslexia and learning”

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