This story was posted by Ruth Tutor North on the Community of Praxis Facebook Page. Ruth works at The Northern College.
This lunchtime the first run of Understanding Dyslexia ended, fairly triumphantly! Thank you to colleagues Steve Jones and Dave Pedley for their amazing input as well as to my lovely students.
The course developed, as new courses do, along rare and unexpected lines. We can plan so much in the staffroom but the real test is in the classroom on the day and it was a fascinating and often challenging experience this week.
For once, there was a majority of people with dyslexia in the room, making this a uniquely powerful teaching and learning experience for all of us, including the lexic. This never happens for dyslexic learners – a dyslexic person is usually alone in a non-dyslexic classroom – dyslexia affects one in ten of us – but in this group the world was turned on its head for a short while.
As a result of discussions on this course I’ve emailed some small but powerful changes that we could make here at college, to my teaching colleagues.
I am not always the active member of society I want to be but maybe this week I did something real.
Ruth also recommends this Dyslexia Style Guide, produced by the British Dyslexia Association: http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/about-dyslexia/further-information/dyslexia-style-guide.html?utm_content=buffera6b79&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer