California Educator

August 2014

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Learning Teachers can encourage students to participate by asking open-ended ques- tions that allow them to share their opinions, ideas or reactions. Read-aloud activities, in particular, are a great source of anxiety for students with dyslexia. One way to reduce the emotional toll is to give them sections of text in advance that can be practiced before class. During cooperative learning activities, it is also a good idea to ensure that students with dyslexia are surrounded by sup- portive peers. Teachers should collaborate with reading specialists and other school pro- fessionals to dovetail their efforts, determine realistic goals, and seek ways to motivate students to learn and develop a healthy self-image. By developing a positive relationship with struggling readers and by acknowl- edging their efforts, teachers send a strong message they can be trusted and are available to help students. WHAT ARE SOME RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS? Two excellent resources are Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz and Basic Facts About Dyslexia and Other Reading Problems by Louisa Cook Moats and Karen E. Dakin. The recent documentary film, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, provides revealing and inspiring accounts of the lives of children and adults living with dyslexia (including several well-known figures). The film is educational and sends a clear message that the future for people with dyslexia can be very bright. The websites of the International Dyslexia Association,, and its affiliated branches are essential resources for reliable information. Northern California Branch: Los Angeles Branch: San Diego Branch: Southern California Tri-Counties Branch: GO ONLINE GO ONLINE GO ONLINE Education trend 40 To Learn More 818.677.3332 Earn your Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language from California State University, Northridge and make a difference in someone's future. Teach English in the U.S. and Abroad! 100% ONLINE TESL Accelerated program DESIGNED FOR THE BUSY ADULT LEARNER

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