Our school is designed for students with dyslexia. It is a relatively newer school that has continued to expand, and this year, 7th grade was added to the school. Our school focuses on multi sensory instruction and requires a great deal experiential learning and hands on activities.
This being said, traditional forms of instruction, lectures, and worksheets is not enough for these students.
Being able to visualize and manipulate items is an imperative aspect to instruction in order for student success.
However, since this grade level was just added this year and my co teacher and I are new teachers, we lack some items in our math class that we would find to be beneficial for our students. We are hoping to form a collection of items that students can use to become expert problem solvers and help them understand the big ideas involved in 7th grade math!
Students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities may have trouble understanding content that is delivered through traditional instruction. Using multi sensory instruction and hands on activities gives the students a new way to view and "look" at math. The use of manipulatives and other visual aids are just some of the resources that can be used to help the students be successful. Working with their hands and physically piecing the math together helps them make the meaningful connections that are needed to help understand the content. For example, using a algebra tiles to piece together an equation helps the students visually see the items written in the equation.
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