Safe n’ sound, by lefkiselida

1426592526070741674158A growing number of EFL young students in Greece strive to learn how to read in English. Spending time with your young students working on the activities of this book will reward you. My 7-year-old student who was “stuck” somewhere between the alphabet and all these new English words got to read in an excellent manner today. The secret? Following the activities of this amazing book especially written for such children! Here is the book description in the webpage of its publishing house. So much useful is the link to the Teacher’s notes!

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Dyslexia – A Problem or a Gift?

Oxford University Press

Student being helped by teacherMarie Delaney is a teacher, trainer, educational psychotherapist, and author of ‘Teaching the Unteachable’ (Worth). She will be hosting a webinar entitled “Dyslexia – A Problem or a Gift?” on 9th and 18th October.

What do Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Muhammed Ali have in common? They all found school and teachers difficult. Thomas Edison’s teacher sent a note home when Thomas was 6, which said “He is too stupid to learn”.

These successful people had dyslexia. Their teachers didn’t know much about dyslexia. They labeled them lazy and stupid. You may have students with dyslexia in your classes and not even know it. Often these learners are labeled slow, lazy, or daydreamers. It’s not true. In order to help these learners, we, as teachers, need to understand more about it.

What is dyslexia?

As you read this, are the letters clear to you, are any moving…

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Μαθησιακές Δυσκολίες και εκμάθηση Ξένης Γλώσσας. by myikid

Το video του Διαδικτυακού σεμιναρίου από την ομάδα ikid.
A very interesting video in Greek concerning the teaching of the English Language to Greek Dyslexic Students! Useful tips given to teachers&parents!!!

A Juniors II

Today was the day I dared to bring something different into the lesson and enable even a child who can´t write at all use her finger to form a word not onto a paper but in flour! We didn´t write spelling in the spelling notebook, but in a plastic basin!


They enjoyed it so much!


We “wrote” words like “and”, “apple”, “hat”, “banana”, “It’s”, “look”.

After a while, we played a game. Six students hid somewhere in the classroom or just turned their backs (following photo) and the other student – “the cook” – standing above the basin – “cooked” something (wrote a word he could copy from a poster on a wall or from the board). Then the other children came over to see. The student who found what (s)he “cooked” (wrote) was the next cook! They didn’t want to stop that game!!

At the end of the lesson they told me to bring a really big basin next time so they can write “What’s this”, because today they couldn’t do so due to lack of space!

Make Your Classroom a Happier Place for Children with Dyslexia

A great article – all teachers MUST read – promoting an App for dyslexic learners!!! Why not try it? I ‘m amazed….!

Ros Hynes Dyslexia Specialist Teacher

Are Children in Your Class Suffering Needlessly?

Today I want to talk about what we can do, as teachers, to improve the school experience for our students with reading and/or spelling difficulties.

I talked in a previous bog about the unhappiness and stress caused to many children with dyslexic difficulties by our school system. Today: some ideas for how we can try to reduce this stress.

Before I begin, it’s important to acknowledge that, however effective we may become in making learning environments more accessible for these children, many of them will still need specialist support to bring up their reading and spelling levels.

Specialist teachers and specialist intervention programmes can be hard to find – we know that many schools do not have access to a specialist teacher.

Do We Know Enough?

As a primary school teacher, I became aware that in every one of my classes, there were…

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What happens in the classroom, stays in the classroom? I

Coming in, saying hello, asking the students about their day, ordering them to open their books or notebooks… And this is how a lesson begins!…

Wishing that something really exciting happens today! And almost always something happens that demands my attention and my proper reaction.

A child screaming suddenly, immediately after a loud repetition drill. He´s just 8 years old. How am I supposed to reprimand him? During the lesson his attention-span is so short. He rarely listens to what is going on. So why does he react this way? How am I supposed to react? Especially when he keeps saying in perfect Greek: “Miss, I am slow, I know that. I can never do this.”

So I brace myself and take a deep breath.

Poor child, he thinks he is useless!

This child needs love. But is that all?

How can I discipline this child and make him learn at the same time?

Let’s talk about this! I can’t wait to read your responses!

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