Identifying Dyslexia

The following checklist serves as a guideline to identify children in preschool to kindergarten who might be at risk for reading disabilities. Sound awareness Lack of sensitivity to rhyme: does not show an interest in word play or nursery rhymes Has difficulty identifying (clapping or counting) syllables in spoken words: (sun-shine, hos-pit-al) Has difficulty recognising …
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Early signs of Dyslexia

Young children with dyslexia struggle with phonological awareness, including skills such as rhyming, clapping syllables, or sequencing of sounds, which are fundamental to literacy acquisition. Children may have difficulty remembering and retrieving information, understanding what is said to them, and expressing themselves. Research demonstrates that all of these skills are critical for the more complicated …
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Multi-sensory learning

What is meant by multi-sensory teaching? Multi-sensory teaching is one important aspect of instruction for dyslexic students, which is used by clinically trained teachers. Effective instruction for students with dyslexia is also explicit, direct, cumulative, intensive, and focused on the structure of language. Multi-sensory learning involves the use of visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic-tactile pathways simultaneously …
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Understanding the jargon

At the Summit Academy, we understand that there is specialist jargon associated with any profession.

SOLO taxomony

The structure of observed learning outcomes (SOLO)

Mark Treadwell – The future of learning

The ‘Future of Learning’ builds a model for how the brain learns by distilling recent cognitive, neuroscientific and sociological research and evidence and then applies this emerging model to create the most efficient Learning Process possible. Available from Amazon    

Protecting students from harmful content online

Parents used to worry about porn mags hidden under the bed, now they are worried about their kids browser history. There are simple tools that help you manage the content your children are able to see, but it’s also a good idea to educate students about internet safety. Young people need to be careful about …
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Dyslexic student at a computer

Dyslexia awareness week

  The average secondary school teacher is unprepared to handle the increasing demands of students with learning difficulties in mainstream educational settings and unequipped to handle the academic and emotional characteristics of dyslexia. That’s the stark finding from the first study of the knowledge and attitudes of New Zealand secondary schools teachers towards dyslexic learners. …
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