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What are some simple ways I can work phonemic awareness into my reading instruction?

Phonemic awareness is not only one of the strongest predictors of reading and writing success, but it is also fun to teach. Here are a few ways that educators can work it into kindergarten and primary classrooms.

By |July 21st, 2021|Categories: Literacy|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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How can mental imagery be used to teach spelling to students with LDs?

Mental imagery, or the ability to create a visual representation in your mind, can be used to support visual reading processes in ways that can benefit students who struggle with reading and writing due to their LDs. Creating mental imagery of a word is a strategy that can be used in the classroom to support reading and writing instruction and remediation.

By |June 30th, 2021|Categories: Literacy|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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How Can We Leverage Students’ Reading Skills to Reduce Difficulties in Solving Written Mathematical Problems?

It is now well-known that students’ reading skills have an important role in mathematics, in particular for solving word problems. One reading skill needed to understand and solve written mathematical problems is the ability to make inferences.

By |June 18th, 2021|Categories: Literacy, Math|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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What are the warning signs of ADHD that teachers should look out for in their female students?

Although girls with ADHD will tend to struggle in all areas of functioning, we tend to rely more heavily on relatively subtle clues during diagnosis, and educators are often in the best position to observe them.

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What is the best advice that educators can pass onto parents and students who are preparing for the transition to post-secondary education?

Research suggests that students with LD transitioning to post-secondary environments often face a variety of academic, social, and emotional challenges as they navigate changes and differences between the secondary and post-secondary settings.

By |March 2nd, 2021|Categories: Transitions|Tags: , |0 Comments
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Are Online Courses Suitable For Students with LDs?

When the Ministry of Education announced it would require students to take online courses in order to graduate, there was concern about whether students with learning disabilities (LDs) would find success. In response to this concern, the Ministry amended their original plan and announced that students with LDs could be exempt from online learning. This has sent mixed messages to students with LDs and their parents and may have convinced many that online learning is not possible for students with LDs.

By |February 17th, 2021|Categories: Educator Supports, Technology|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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What are some strategies that could be used to better support students with LDs when teaching math online?

Teaching math online is a challenge for many teachers. It has become necessary for teachers to find virtual strategies or incorporate new platforms into their teaching.

By |December 21st, 2020|Categories: Math|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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How can parents reduce back to school stress for students with LDs?

Parents can help reduce back to school stress for students with LDs by reducing the working memory load so their child can focus on the job of learning; it will directly impact their child’s experience going back to the classroom this September.

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What impact will de-streaming applied and academic courses in grade 9 have on students with LDs?

If academic and applied streams are amalgamated, there is a possibility that students who require more support - such as students with LDs  - could fall through the cracks. Educators should be aware of the following potential challenges that may be caused by de-streaming.

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: Transitions|Tags: , |0 Comments

How can I support a student with LDs who is worried about falling behind academically after distance learning during Covid-19?  

We may not know what September holds for our schools and communities, but we can be sure that supporting students with an LD will require serious thought and precision.