How to Cope With the Challenges of Being Dyslexic and a Teacher

Some of the most intelligent and creative individuals have had to overcome dyslexia to achieve success in their chosen disciplines. It is a blessing to be in a position to share your expertise with others as a teacher. Your dyslexia may be well-managed in general, but the symptoms of dyslexia can make a grand and unwelcome appearance under the slightly stress-inducing environment of a classroom. Here is a list of steps you can take to keep the symptoms of dyslexia at bay while teaching.

Steps

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    Prepare your lecture carefully. Work out calculations beforehand. Make sure your notes are correct and have the structure you intend to replicate on the blackboard.
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    Make sure you have pronunciations under control. If you need to, include the phonetic spelling of the term in your notes to remind yourself of the pronunciation. Be sure not to write it on the blackboard!
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    Be very attentive when writing on the blackboard. The "large-ness" of the blackboard is very distracting to people with dyslexia. It is easy to make spelling mistakes, write "q" for "g", and other types of dyslexic errors.
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    Avoid going "off script" as much as possible. If you think of another example to share off the top of your head -- don't do it! If you do, there is high probability that you will open a Pandora's box of confusion for yourself and your students.
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    Don't tell your students you're dyslexic. Keep that to yourself. If you are well-prepared and you keep to script, your classroom performance will be indistinguishable from that of non-dyslexic instructors.

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Categories: Teaching | Dyslexia