Primary (K-3)

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

Learning Disabilities (LDs) are very common and affect approximately 10% of Canadians, which means that 1 in 10 students in your classroom may have learning disabilities. The LD@school team has developed a toolkit for educators to use during Learning Disabilities Awareness Month (#LDmonth) to help spread awareness in your school and classroom. You may choose [...]

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LD@school Twitter Hashtag Contest!

October is Learning Disability Awareness Month! During Awareness Month (#LDmonth), we’re having a Twitter contest where we will be giving away one $100 gift card to Staples! This is your chance to raise your voice and share information about learning disabilities, best practices in your classroom, and resources with the Twitter community. How it works [...]

By |September 20th, 2019|Categories: Educator Supports, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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VIDEO: Accessible Texts in the Classroom

Learning to read is a vital academic milestone for all students. But for many students with LDs, learning to read is the hardest task they face at school in the primary years. Avon Maitland District School Board's STAR (Students with Technology Achieving Results) team has been working to change teacher practices by encouraging the use of [...]

By |September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Literacy, Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Planning and Teaching with Explicit Instruction

Sarah Calvin, OCT, Producer of Bilingual Educational Content with the LD@school team “Explicit instruction is a group of research-supported instructional behaviors used to design and deliver instruction that provides needed supports for successful learning through clarity of language and purpose, and reduction of cognitive load. It promotes active student engagement by requiring frequent and varied [...]

Using Project-Based Learning in the Classroom

By Richard Parker, OCT, Google Certified Educator, Halton District School Board Project Based Learning (PBL) is “a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge” (Buck Institute for Education, n.d.). PBL brings [...]

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Why is it Important to Build and Support Resiliency Skills for Students with LDs?

This question was received during the LD@school webinar, At the Heart of the Matter: Creating Classrooms and Schools that Support Well-being; click here to view the webinar recording. Answered by Dr. Sue Ball, Chief Psychologist, York Region District School Board Resiliency is a key skill for everyone, not just for students with learning disabilities (LDs). The ability [...]

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Creative Problem Solving and Children with Learning Disabilities: A Hidden Potential

John McNamara, Ph.D., Brock University Recently, researchers and educators have explored an interesting idea – that there may be distinct advantages to having learning disabilities. Within the field of business, the arts, entrepreneurship, and many other areas, there are numerous examples of individuals with learning disabilities who have reached tremendous levels of success. For instance, Richard [...]

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How can Speech-Language Pathologists Support Students with LDs to Learn Math?

These questions were received during the LD@school webinar, The SLP in the Math Class – Empowering Math Learners Through Collaboration between Educators and Speech Language Pathologists; click here to view the webinar recording. Answered by Sabrina O'Keefe, M.H.Sc., Speech Language Pathology How can Speech-Language Pathologists Support Students with Learning Disabilities to Acquire Math Literacy Skills? Regardless [...]

Technology for Reading

This article is an excerpt from the LD@school learning module Technology for All: Supporting Students with LDs by Integrating Technology into Classroom Instruction. Click here to access this module. The act of reading simultaneously draws on many different processes: a reader must decode words, know what they mean, understand words when they are strung together in [...]

WEBINAR RECORDING: At the Heart of the Matter – Creating Classrooms and Schools that Support Well-being

Click here to access the transcript of this webinar. Presented by: Dr. Sue Ball, ABSNP, C. Psych., Chief Psychologist, York Region DSB Presented by: Dr. Sue Ball, ABSNP, C. Psych., Chief Psychologist, York Region DSB About the Webinar: What we do matters. Research shows us that when we focus on mattering and belonging, we improve academics, [...]