Date
20 November 2019

Support participation and build confidence

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Classroom strategies years 1-8’

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.

Give extra time

Give extra time

Consider reducing the quantity rather than the complexity of the learning for students with dyslexia.

Ask students what will help.

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Source: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Make accessibility tools available to all

Make accessibility tools available to all

Introduce all students to free or inexpensive tools that can remove barriers and provide support for literacy learning.
  • Text-to-speech (TTS) software converts text from a website or digital document into speech by reading written information aloud. It is often highlighted with word tracking.

– TTS on Mac operating systems
– Natural Reader
– Read and Write for Google Docs

  • Word prediction software predicts a required word as a student writes, producing a list of words. Explore LetMeType.
  • Explore Mercury Reader or use the Reader function on Mac operating systems to access clutter-free web pages.
  • Spell and contextual grammar checkers. Explore Ginger for Chrome.
  • Closed Captions (subtitles). Turn them on when sharing videos with students.

Create an inclusive culture

Create an inclusive culture

Linda Ojala's knowledge of the students, their cultural connections, interests, preferences, and strengths influence all design decisions. 

 

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

See confidence – self advocacy

Publisher: Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand

Visit website

Website

Dyslexia and Anxiety: What You Need to Know

Publisher: Understood

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Is my classroom dyslexia aware

Is my classroom dyslexia aware?

Publisher: Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8”:

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