[MOSAIC] Dyslexia and comprehension

ljackson ljackson at gwtc.net
Sun Aug 12 21:03:03 EDT 2007

That is interesting.  I recently team taught a class with our high school
literacy coach and she tried a couple of visualization strategies with our
adult students that she normally uses with the kids she works with--children
with cognitive impairments, reading disabilities and delayed readers.  Her
kids had had no trouble with them and she was a bit surprised to watch the
adults struggle.  I told her that I wondered if students with difficulties
reading (and decoding) don't, given the opportunity, rely more successfully
on alternative strategies.  Here are the two activities:

One:  Presented students with diagram (all labels stems there but with no
words) and supporting text.  Students were asked to read and then to figure
out how to complete the labels on the diagram.

Two:  Students were presented with vivid written descriptions of insect and
asked to draw them.


On 8/12/07 5:46 PM, "Joy" <jwidmann at rocketmail.com> wrote:

> Jennifer,
>   My experience with students who have identified learning differences is that
> they learn the strategies more readily than students who do not struggle. I
> think it is because they have developed good listening skills to cope with
> their lack of decoding skills. They "get" the read/think alouds more quickly,
> and can apply them with ease with text they hear.
>   We can't read reading tests aloud to our students in NC., so until their
> decoding improves they don't do well at all on standardized reading tests.
> Once they become more competent with decoding, they soar.
>                 Joy/NC/4
>   jwidmann at rocketmail.com
>   How children learn is as important as what they learn: process and content
> go hand in hand. http://www.responsiveclassroom.org
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Lori Jackson
District Literacy Coach & Mentor
Todd County School District
Box 87
Mission SD  57555
ph. 605.856.2211

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