Last Tuesday, January 25, we held an internal training session organise by the British Dyslexia Association on the topic of a dyslexic friendly classroom.
At St David’s College we strive to use innovative techniques that
facilitate learning and association of ideas for any of our students. We
believe in people and the global set of their abilities, which is why helping
students with dyslexia reaching their maximum potential is part of our DNA.
The characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological
awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed. Unlike a learning
disability, intelligence isn't affected, and it's estimated up to 1 in every 10
people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia. St David’s College is part of the
British Dyslexia Association as silver members and award sponsors of their
annual British Dyslexia Association Awards.
On the evening of the 25th, the exceptional dyslexia expert Anslem Burke guided our staff in an hour of interesting content, covering:
- What the working memory is and how it can impact learners with dyslexia
- Children with dyslexia have a higher rate of working memory concerns.
- The rate of poor working memory in students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities ranges from 20 to 50 percent, compared to 10 percent of students overall.
- Identifying working memory activities and how learners with poor working memory might present.
- Highlighting the importance of repetition, association of ideas and games to help pupils.
He encouraged all the teachers to explore ideas like using
multisensory technique for teaching different subjects that requires to
memorise certain terminology such as science, maths, etc… All of this will help
inspire and make pupils feel comfortable so that they can maintain their attention.
Because at St David’s College #togetherwecan and we #nevergiveup.