This has been a busy week! I have logged over 450 miles, traveling the Mountain Parkway, to take my dyslexia message to teachers who are trying to make a difference in the lives of the students they teach.
I spent a lot of time working on the Project LINK Grant this week, as well as providing ACT Prep to Oneida Baptist Institute. Working on the Project LINK Grant, I had the privilege of training a group of special education teachers to administer The Curious Edge’s very own Dyslexia Risk Informal Screener to elementary and middle school students. This screener is designed to administer to students who are not responding to traditional teaching methods. The DRIS reveals red flags that are important in determining WHY a student is struggling. A teacher is then able to know the student’s dyslexia risk level, which correlates to levels of intervention available in the public school system.
Once we learned how to screen these students, we dove into learning strategies to help teach these students. This included some simple multi-sensory methods for working on spelling words. We reviewed apps that are excellent resources to use while teaching spelling to an entire class, but have features that are especially helpful to students with language processing issues, attention issues or a general learning disability. The teachers had the opportunity to see how to incorporate some of these tools into their daily teaching routines.
I felt like I was in a show and tell class, but on steroids! We covered so many strategies, saw computerized programs that are designed for individualized instruction, manipulated a variety of tools that focus on the kinesthetic learner, and participated in numerous demonstrations that ignited a great Q & A time.
I loved watching the excitement on their faces, when they experienced a strategy that brought a student’s face to mind. It’s the same excitement I watched when I have worked with students and they finally grasp a newly learned skill.
I love teaching! I love helping others! I love knowing the work I do just might help a student achieve something a little greater. This week I got to do that in some remote areas in Eastern Kentucky. This week I was able to give the gift of my time and knowledge to help train teachers. That’s why I shifted my focus outside of my clinic and concentrated on the Foundation. Training the trainer increases the reach of the Foundation exponentially.