Northlake Elementary MTA Program
Meet the Teacher Night - September 22nd
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. (Adopted by the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors, November 12, 2002)
MTA Daily Schedule
Alphabet/dictionary- teaches instant letter recognition, alphabetizing skills, and dictionary skills.
Phonological Awareness- time to review letter/sound associations with reading and spelling decks.
New Learning- introduction of spelling or reading patterns.
Reading Practice- students decode and read with accuracy, automaticity, and fluency.
Handwriting Practice- practice letter formation, rhythmic writing, and copying.
Spelling Practice- students practice phonetic spelling, spelling rules, and dictation.
Verbal Expression- time to develop grammar and comprehension concepts.
Review- review new learning, past concepts, procedures, definitions, or rules.
Listening- develops multisensory strategies for increasing comprehension of text.
Jennifer Aniston- actress with Dyslexia
Jennifer Aniston wasn't diagnosed with Dyslexia until she was in her twenties. Learning that she had Dyslexia was life-changing. Until then "I thought I wasn't smart. I just couldn't retain anything," she says. "Now I had this great discovery. I felt like all of my childhood trauma-dies, tragedies, dramas were explained."
Below is a link to an interview Jennifer Aniston talking about her Dyslexia.
Northlake Dyslexia Teacher