One of my cheif educational priorities is special educational needs, SEN. This is what urged me to complete a course with The DAI last year which qualifies me to teach at any of the DAI workshops across the country. I have since worked in the DAI workshop in Maynooth with students ages 8 -11 years old.
The DAI suggests that teachers supply dyslexic students with handouts, of their powerpoint presentations, with words blanked out and get them to fill in the missing words from the powerpoints (please see appendices 3) as opposed to getting them to take notes as many students with dyslexia find it difficult to take adequate or legible notes.(Nicholas, 2009) However this tactic need not just apply to the students with SEN as research has shown that when you apply teaching strategies to assist dyslexic students in your classroom, the whole class will benefit, including gifted and talented students. (MacKay, 2006) Thus through a little change in a teacher’s practice the SEN students, as well as the rest of the class, potentially, will greatly benefit.