Teaching and Learning Blog
Welcome to the new Teaching and Learning blog! A fresh endeavour for 2018, this is a place for us to share the innovative and student centred work that happens across the school each and every day. We are proud of our teachers and the creative and challenging lessons they plan to help students develop their understanding and build life-long learning skills and curiosity about the world around them.
This blog will help us share insights into what our teachers are working on as part of our imaginative CPD programme, as well as a platform for teachers themselves to talk about the techniques and strategies they are using for the benefit of their students. This will include fascinating information about about how we meet the needs of, and challenge, all of the students in our classrooms.
We are committed to sharing students’ perspectives from inside the classroom, and our Teaching and Learning Ambassadors will also share their insights and experiences.
We hope you enjoy reading about this impressive facet of our school this year.
Teaching and Learning and CPD
24th September 2018
Dyslexia affects 15% of the population and is often a diagnosis associated with ‘not being able to spell’. In actual fact, Dyslexia is multi-faceted and varies from individual to individual. Some co-occurring difficulties include; motor co-ordination, language, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation but these are not, by themselves, markers of Dyslexia.
The definition of Dyslexia according to the British Dyslexia Association, 2009, is:
'Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling.
Characteristic features of Dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed.'
A good indication of the severity and persistence of dyslexic difficulties can be gained by examining how the individual responds or has responded to intervention.
Here at Didcot Girls’ we are aware that the term ‘Dyslexia’ can be used very loosely and can cause students to feel anxious. As a school we are determined to banish the negative connotations associated with Dyslexia, support students in finding strategies that work for them and also educate the wider community about the varied impacts Dyslexia can have on people’s lives. We are working hard to ensure that all classrooms across the school are Dyslexia friendly and that teaching strategies allow all learners to access the curriculum. Some examples of the strategies that teachers are using each day include:
- Having visual aids available for every lesson, or asking pupils to create some as part of the lesson, therefore making effective use of multi-sensory sources of information.
- Varying input and outcomes, such as through the use of small groups, discussion and audiotapes to maintain interest and provide memorable experiences.
- Avoiding long lists of instructions given verbally and providing clear lesson structure – using the board to provide information visually, where appropriate.
- Making sure that high frequency work lists and subject-specific key wordlists are available on each table for any writing task.
- Outlining the lesson at the start helps to remove uncertainty about the session ahead and enables learners to monitor and mark the different stages of the lesson
4th October – World Dyslexia Awareness Day