FORMERLY KNOWN AS "MTA"
language science news
Hi everyone! We have had a wonderful start to the school year in Language Science. We have spent our time getting to know one another and reviewing previously learned material. We have just started on fluency. This week we are going over technology and next week we will dive into new phonics skills. To say our kiddos are fabulous is an understatement. Each and every one of them are smart, talented, kind andrespectful. I know we are going to have a great year.
In the past LISD has referred to the dyslexia intervention class as "MTA". MTA stood for Multisensory Teaching Approach. The Dyslexia Department is working on moving away from that title. We would like for this intervention class to be called "Language Science". Our students are truly learning the science of the English language, they are scientists.
I have encouraged my students to let thier teachers know they are dyslexic and to advocate for themselves. Some of them are comfortable with this and some are shy or embarrassed. I am very proud of the honest conversations we have had about their learning difference. As they mature it is my sincere hope that the will grow more comfortable with who they are, how special they are and become more comfortable with advocating for themselves. Your child will be part of their 504 meeting this year.
A little about me
I am currently helping my 6th grade students set up their google portfolio. We are moving in the direction of increased technology in the Language Science class, this includes learning apps that will facilitate learning in core classes. Very soon, I will meet with teachers and show them a powerpoint about technology and dyslexia. I will also send home a meeting date for parents to watch a short powerpoint.
I'm here for you and your child. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.
An HBO documentary
Though up to 20% of students are dyslexic, many pass through school unidentified, misunderstood and performing below their potential. Paradoxically, these disorders are often found in highly intelligent, creative minds, and can also be seen as a gift, because many people with dyslexia naturally think outside the box and see the big picture, finding alternative solutions to problems that others might not see.
Directed by James Redford, THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA is a personal, touching and sometimes humorous look at this developmental reading disorder, offering a broader and clearer view of the minds of people with dyslexia. Spotlighting a cross-section of individuals, including Redford’s own son, Dylan, and featuring interviews with notable dyslexics, including investment pioneer Charles Schwab, business magnate Richard Branson, high-profile lawyer David Boies and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, the film reveals how an individual’s unique strategies for coping can help lead to success in life.