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Advancing the progress of students with Diverse Needs
8.45am–9.00am Webinar Registration
9.00am–10.30pm Shirley Houston “Developing Maths Fluency in Students with Specific Learning Difficulties”
Maths fact fluency is typically defined as the ability to quickly and accurately recall basic Math facts. It is essential for developing the automaticity that frees up working memory for learning new Maths concepts and skills and problem-solving. The reduced speed of processing and the memory deficits characteristic of specific learning difficulties can make it difficult for some students to achieve fluency. Teachers must help these students to develop not only accuracy and efficiency, but flexibility and strategy use.
This presentation will identify the hurdles to the development of fact fluency and strategies that can be used to develop it, including:
- teaching of ‘key’ facts
- strategy development
- use of triangular fact cards
- use of grids and explicit teaching of patterns
- spaced repetition
- knowledge and skill rehearsal in games
- use of electronic fact fluency programs
***PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE 20 COUNTERS WITH YOU FOR SHIRLEYS PRESENTATION (10 each of two different colours please)***
10.30am–11.05am Morning Break (allowing for “Remembrance Day” acknowledgement)
11.05am–12.35pm Emily Ballenden “Useful strategies and accommodations to support students with Dyslexia or Dysgraphia in your classroom”
This presentation includes:
- Understanding what Dyslexia and Dysgraphia are
- Characteristics of Dyslexia
- Characteristics of Dysgraphia
- Getting your student assessed
- Strategies to support the Dyslexic student
- Strategies to support the Dysgraphia student
- Resources to support these students in the classroom
12.35pm –1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm–3.00pm Sally Learey “Using visual supports to help your student with an ASD (and other visual learners)”
ASD students often have difficulty processing or understanding language or ideas.
Visual supports are excellent tools to support ASD students in the learning and teaching process.
Visual supports can be objects, photographs, drawings, written words, schedules or symbols that help to increase independence, support understanding, encourage effective communication, reduce anxious behaviour, promote engagement in learning tasks, provide structure and routine and support transitions.
Visual supports can also be tools that support organization, summarisation, comprehension and retention of knowledge as well as tools to illustrate relationships between concepts, terms, and facts. Examples of such tools are graphic organisers, charts, diagrams, webs, learning maps and timelines.
This session explores the range, uses and benefits of using visual supports.