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Video: Inside the Dyslexic Brain | What Causes Dyslexia?

https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/video-inside-the-dyslexic-brain via Video: Inside the Dyslexic Brain | What Causes Dyslexia? — S.O.A.R. Tutoring & Advocacy This is a great, informative, though concise, video about the brain function of dyslexic individuals from TEDEd!  Please share with educators and other individuals in your life!

Recent Reporting & Resources on Dyslexia

“Poetry should be a matter of passion, not survival,” writes fellow Rochester, New York native, Philip Schultz. So should schooling. I work with a number of students who bravely face their learning disorders on a daily basis in classrooms and institutions where the ideal of differentiated instruction, the mantra of “all kinds of minds,” and the theory of multiple intelligences have not been fully realized.  Institutional constraints (particularly large class size and reduced  or non-existent funding for appropriate resources), lack of professional development around learning disorders, and systems reluctant to change all contribute to a climate of misunderstanding, resistance, and frustration for students, parents, and teachers.  While media coverage around developmental and learning disorders, including increased visibility of individuals who have managed to succeed both in spite of and as a result of their disorders, may not necessarily result in changes to educational policy or classroom teaching practices, this kind of reporting is important in raising awareness and providing hope to individuals who struggle with cognitive challenges. My Dyslexia: A Poet’s Experience Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Philip Schultz, is …

The Homework Folder

Daily & Semi-Daily Homework Teaching a student to use a homework folder with pockets labeled “Homework to Do” and “Homework to Turn In” is a vital step in materials management and homework completion. For students using a three ring binder, a clear homework folder should be purchased and placed in the front of the binder. I like the clear plastic folders because students can easily see the work inside.  Work that needs to capture their attention can placed facing up in the left pocket for immediate visibility. If the student is using more than one binder for class, he or she should have a homework folder for each binder. For students using an accordion filer, the first two file pockets in the front of the filer should be designated for homework to do and homework to turn in. Longer-Term Projects I like the clear zip or snap pocket filers designed for 3-ring binders for storing rubrics, blank calendars or long-term project planners, handouts, and work pertaining to long term projects.  Keeping this work separated from the daily homework and other handouts will …

Binder Systems

There are so many 3-ring binders & filers on the market, it can be challenging to decide what one will be the best fit. If a student decides to use a 3-ring, or is required to do so, then he/she must have a 3-ring hole punch stored inside for ease of filing papers. Many students don’t like 3-ring binders because of that added step of hole punching; thus all the papers collect in the front of the binder. If this remains the case, even with the inclusion of a 3-ring hole punch, and enough practice and assistance to build the habit, then perhaps an accordion style binder is a better solution for organizing work. Traditional 3-Ring Binders Some students like to use the traditional 3-ring binders that do not zip. Some of my students have a 1″ binder for each class, others have 2″-3″ AM and PM binders, and some decide to put all courses in a 3″ binder. The decision to use one of these systems over another is based on how much material a student might receive in …