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Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia

Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia

Lessons from Teaching and Science
Authors: Virginia W. Berninger Ph.D., Beverly J. Wolf

ISBN: 978-1-55766-934-6
Pages: 256
Copyright: 2009
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How can teachers provide effective literacy instruction for students with learning differences—while meeting the needs of all students in the class? Finally, a single accessible textbook answers that question for every 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 best of both worlds: critical insights from scientific studies and lessons learned from actual teaching experience. Educators will get the research-based guidance they'll 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 every 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

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

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Review by: G. Reid Lyon, Distinguished Professor, Southern Methodist University
"An extraordinarily valuable resource that fills a critical void in our ability to successfully address reading difficulties and dysgraphia . . . a must read for researchers and practitioners!"
Review by: Sally E. Shaywitz, The Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development, Co-Director, Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity; Author, Overcoming Dyslexia
"A gift to both teachers and the children they teach. Berninger brings the latest scientific information on dyslexia and dysgraphia right into the classroom."
Review by: Malt Joshi, Editor, Reading and Writing; Professor, Texas A & M University
"An invaluable resource . . . required reading for anyone interested in making students in elementary schools lifelong learners."
Review by: Louisa Moats, Sopris West Educational Services
"Written as a dialogue between a gifted teacher and an accomplished researcher, this book juxtaposes two perspectives that enrich one another. It offers an unusually detailed rationale and description of multimodal language instruction within an intellectually engaging curriculum."
Review by: Jeffrey L. Black, Medical Director, Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
"Scholarly and practical . . . I intend to make the book required reading for our staff of teachers, psychologists and researchers."
Review by: Diane J. Sawyer, Murfree Professor of Dyslexic Studies, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
"Destined to become a standard for the field. A must read for all teacher educators and teachers in practice."
Review by: Marcia K. Henry, Past President, International Dyslexia Association; Professor Emerita, San Jose State University
"Finally, a comprehensive book for researchers and teachers of students with dyslexia and/or dysgraphia! Berninger and Wolf contribute essential information, strategies and activities for oral and written language development based on state of the art research."
Review by: Karen R. Harris, Currey Ingram Professor of Special Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
"A powerful look at what we know about the biological basis of dyslexia and dysgraphia, and how schools and teachers can provide effective instruction for students challenged by these disorders. An incredible resource."
Review by: Emerson Dickman, Immediate Past President, International Dyslexia Association
"Sets the table for literacy development from soup to nuts. As a teacher of reading, if you have room for only one book, Berninger and Wolf have made the choice a 'no brainer.'"
Review by: Steve Graham, Currey Ingram Professor of Special Education, Vanderbilt University
"Wow - this book not only took my breath away, it knocked it right out of me! A powerful road map for working with children with dyslexia and dysgraphia."
Review: The Midwest Book Review
"A top pick."
Review: Educational Leadership
"Gives readers the best of both worlds: critical insights from scientific studies and lessons learned from teaching…Excellent reference."
About the Authors



I. Beginnings: From the Past to the Present

  1. Historical and Contemporary Contexts
II. Classroom Environment: What Works in Teaching Students with Dyslexia, OWL LD, or Dysgraphia?

  1. Organizational Issues and Instructional Approaches
    Appendix: Information for Obtaining Instructional Programs Listed in Table 2.1
  2. Teaching Oral Language
    Appendix A: Questions of the Day
    Appendix B: Children's Books that Help with Language Learning
  3. Teaching Reading
    Appendix A: Concept Words that Reinforce Comprehension
    Appendix B: Small, Important Words that May Require Special Instruction
  4. Teaching Writing
  5. Teaching Across Language Systems with Intellectual Engagement
III. Blending Science and Educational Practice

  1. Contributions from Science Disciplines
  2. Contributions from Clinical Disciplines
  3. Contributions from Instructional Disciplines
  4. Creating Building-Level Plans for Teaching All Students Effectively and Efficiently
IV. Professional Development for Blending Science and Educational Practice

  1. Preservice Teacher Education
    Appendix: Recommended Readings and/or Instructional Resources for Supervised Practica for Preservice Teacher Education
  2. In-Service Teacher Education and Models for Teacher Mentoring
    Appendix: Representative Syllabi for Professional Development of Educators
V. Commencement: From Book Endings to New Beginnings in Teaching Students with Dyslexia, OWL LD, and Dysgraphia

  1. Commencement: From Book Endings to New Beginnings


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