I am a language arts nerd, which means I am enthusiastic about reading, writing, and opening up my mind to new information and adventures! I am endorsed to teach Language Arts from Kindergarten to 12th grade. However, my classroom experience is limited to extensive substitute teaching at all grade levels.
In language arts, it is evident that we communicate by using words. Reading opens up our imagination to new and fantastical worlds. Reading is also very important for navigating the world we live in, and for opening the gateway to learning.
Mr. Berg, the language arts nerd
To highlight the challenges that people with dyslexia face with reading, I am listing some information here to help people better understand dyslexia, as well as providing some resources below:
- What Is Dyslexia? – Kelli Sandman-Hurley on TED Ed
- This Is What Reading Is Like If You Have Dyslexia – CNN (This simulation is not necessarily accurate, but it does provide a reading challenge that will slow down typical readers, as it requires more effort, which is still valuable in helping others develop empathy for dyslexic readers. At the end of the article, it is noted that the simulation is too easy, as the first and last letters of the long words are kept stable.
- Dyslexia Explained Ebook – Nessy (update: more reports say 1 in 5 are impacted with dyslexia; moreover, dyslexia is often accompanied with ADHD)
- Misunderstood Minds – PBS
Resources for dyslexics:
- Some Famous Dyslexics – Oxfordshire Dyslexia Association
- The Dyslexia Advantage – #No Limits – Evan Carmichael
- Dyslexic MIND Strengths – NoticeAbilities
- 9 Strengths of Dyslexia – Nessy Learning LLC
- A new approach to learning w/free trial – Nessy (adheres to the Orton-Gillingham approach)
- Orton-Gillingham tutors & the Orton-Gillingham approach
- The Barton Reading & Spelling System & finding tutors (This system is Orton-Gilliangham influenced)
- Free Barton Tiles iPad App download to accompany the reading & spelling system
- Barton Tiles Android App download to accompany the reading & spelling system
- Free games listed on the Barton website for dyslexics.
- How a font can help people with dyslexia to read – Christian Boer (here is a font that helps dyslexics)
To highlight the challenges that people with dysgraphia face in writing, I am listing some information here to help people better understand dysgraphia, as well as providing some resources below:
Resources for people with dysgraphia:
- Strategies For Improving Dysgraphia – GeekBoy (this is an amateur video production, but the tips seem very helpful)