Mark Brace: Dyslexia in our classrooms – New Zealand Herald

“These children are not bad at learning. They just learn differently. The changes that need to be made are around how we approach teaching. I have discovered that a learning environment that gets it right for dyslexic learners, gets it right for all learners. We need an education system that is flexible; a system that fits around the needs of the children in the broadest emotional as well as academic sense.

A learning environment that works best for everyone contains particular physical and cultural traits. And those traits can be identified. For example, the ideal learning environment stimulates and celebrates thinking and creativity ahead of ‘process’. And it may seem odd to need to point this out, but we as humans, are social creatures, and we seek out positive interactions and happiness. Therefore, a strong and trusting relationship between the teacher and the student, as well as between students, is essential. The research tells us that happy learners make great learners. Learning that is not forced, works best.”

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