Susan Autry, Academic Supervisor
If your child has been at Oakwood for even a short time, you have heard us use the word “strategies” quite often! Why are strategies so important to your child?
Students who have learning disabilities/dyslexia/attentional difficulties work very hard to accomplish school tasks which are based heavily on language skills (reading, writing, expressive and receptive language, processing of language, following oral and written directions, sequencing, etc.). However, they may not be as efficient or successful with these tasks as others whose brains are set up to more easily deal with language skills.
Some schools use accommodations to level the playing field for students with learning challenges. Books that cannot be read are provided in audio format. This certainly is appropriate for helping student’s access material that they can understand but cannot yet read independently. However, this accommodation and others must be given to the student by someone. Accommodations also do not remediate skills or help a child learn how to do something.
A strategy is something that a child can put in place to help him/herself. Learning a strategy empowers students to be successful in an area on their own. We teach various strategies and help students discern which strategy works best for them. They put these strategies in their Strategy Notebook. As they get older and learn more strategies, they cull the strategies in the notebook to keep the ones that work best for them as an individual.
As adults, we all use strategies – to remember an important meeting we might put a Post-It note on the mirror or set an alert on our phone. Students need to understand that the use of a strategy empowers them to succeed. Share your strategies with your child so they learn the power of strategies!