Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia: Lessons from Teaching and Science

How can teachers provide effective literacy instruction for students with learning differences—at the same time as meeting the needs of all students in the class? In any case, a single accessible textbook answers that question for each K–12 educator. The only teacher training text to cover the three learning disabilities that require differentiated instruction—dysgraphia, dyslexia, and oral and written language learning disability (OWL LD)—this book prepares educators to teach students with learning differences in explicit, reflective, and intellectually engaging ways.

Ginger Berninger, a seasoned researcher and former teacher, partners with 40-year teacher and teacher trainer veteran Beverly Wolf for a one-of-a-kind text that gives readers the most efficient of both worlds: critical insights from scientific studies and lessons learned from actual teaching experience. Educators will get the research-based guidance they are going to need to

  • organize their classrooms, routines, and lesson plans through differentiated instruction to meet instructional needs of students with learning differences and their peers
  • improve each aspect of students’ literacy, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills, by providing both oral and written language instruction
  • create a positive learning environment that promotes intellectual engagement
  • apply a specific framework for instruction that helps students overcome working memory inefficiencies and fluency problems
  • consider how preservice teacher education and inservice professional development can prepare teachers for differentiated instruction in general education

Right through the book, relevant research findings from diverse fields—including genetics, neuroscience, cognitive science, linguistics, and education—show teachers the why in the back of the how. And the extensive instructional guidelines, applicable across school settings and specific curricula, offer innovative approaches to practice for you to help teachers successfully meet the needs of individual students. An essential a part of each teacher’s preparation, this text ensures that educators are able to deliver effective, individually tailored instruction to students with dysgraphia, dyslexia, and oral and written language disabilities.

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