Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1C, Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A, Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2B, Learning Environment 4A, Learning Environment 4B
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Are you looking for ways to support students with dyslexia in the general education classroom? In this lesson, Lisa Van Gemert (Gifted Guru) offers several ideas for ensuring that students with this language-based learning difference feel included in the classroom. Ms. Van Gemert’s ideas will also help teachers build empathy for and confidence in their students with dyslexia, resulting in greater student success.  

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When supporting students with dyslexia, it’s important to see them as a student first, and then as a person with a learning difference. In this lesson, Lisa Van Gemert (Gifted Guru) takes this as her starting point, providing educators with ideas for recognizing their students’ strengths while supporting students in the areas that are most challenging for them.

Ms. Van Gemert walks through each idea category by category:

Some of the ideas shared include the following:

  • Emphasize visuals whenever possible
  • Highlight key words in instructions
  • Use hands-on demonstrations and field trips
  • Utilize guided notes
  • Pay attention to the format of assignments
In addition to the lesson, Ms. Van Gemert provides three tutorials where she demonstrates several of the ideas discussed in the lesson. 

Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology and sheer fun. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s “Child Genius,” and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy and the book, Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing Never Good Enough. A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website giftedguru.com and is co-founder with Ian Byrd of the Gifted Guild, a professional community for educators of the gifted. Lisa and her husband Steve are the parents of three sons and live in Arlington, Texas.

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349 reviews for Supporting Students with Dyslexia

  1. Deanna – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative

  2. CHERYL – SAN FELIPE-DEL RIO CISD (verified owner)

    Very infiormative.

  3. TOMASA – SAN FELIPE-DEL RIO CISD (verified owner)

    I would rate it with 5 stars. I learned very interesting and useful strategies that I plan to implement in my classroom.

  4. Ginger – Allen East Local Schools (verified owner)

    Useful info and strategies.

  5. KERI – SAN FELIPE-DEL RIO CISD (verified owner)

    Very informative for teachers with students who have dyslexia.

  6. Julie – Gloucester County Public Schools (verified owner)

    Extremely practical tips that highlight the ease of implementation

  7. LILIANA – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    Not appropriate for my grade level.

  8. Teri – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    Very helpful websites.

  9. Sonia – MERCEDES ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative! Presented very well!

  10. adriana – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    gives an overview of how dyslexia and gt come together

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