Available resources for my upcoming work with Ayr Schools.
The theory of learning styles is bad science.
Spring Lecture for Pattoss Notts on Tuesday 28th March – 6.30 for 7.00pm. My title is “get it right for Dyslexia – Get it right for all”
My view on Professor Jerome Kagan's belief that ADHD doesn't exist.
An article looking at the issues of second language acquisition.
A workshop taking place in South Australia
Exploring Apps for iPads, tablets and laptops that are Dyslexia Friendly and how to best use them.
Images relating to out of the box 'feedback'
Providing solutions for students who talk a great narrative but who struggle to get their ideas down on paper is a major element of my whole school and NQT training and makes for a great twilight and/or workshop as delivered recently at Moor First School (Cluster Twilight) and at the South Ayrshire Dyslexia Conference.
I discuss the three main reasons why apparently smart students, especially those on the Dyslexia Spectrum, struggle to get their ideas down on paper. They are:
1. Too many ideas – rarely too few. But the ideas often come so thick and fast that the student is overwhelmed by possibilities
2. The ideas never, ever come out in the right order. Many smart students are smart precisely because they are not linear, sequential, “beginning-middle-end” thinkers. But, while this is great for creativity, it can play havoc with planning
No idea how to get started – all the ideas are whizzing around and committing that first sentence
Then I provide solutions based around the psychology of memory and information processing, modeling kinaesthetic techniques which empower students to think without boundaries, select and order ideas and talk them through before writing.
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