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- ADHD is more prevalent among boys than girls.
- A variety of activities, while generally recommended for Special Ed pupils, can at the same time be overwhelming
- There are no weak learners - there are less successful learners
- People with dyslexia may have trouble keeping time.
- Using yellow paper for handouts and worksheets (black on yellow rather than black on white) is recommended for people with dyslexia
- Classroom practices and materials which work well for students with dyslexia will work excellently for all pupils because dyslexia-friendly teaching is good teaching
- VAK learning styles are indeed baloney (see Russell Mayne's blog post HERE)
- Education tries to change present-oriented individuals (i.e. children are mainly concerned with here and now) into future-oriented ones (e g.by teaching that smoking or drugs are not good for you because it would harm your future)
But, as my co-trainer had warned, the course, while comprehensively covering various special education needs, somewhat lacked specific EFL/ESL needs of special ed pupils - which, as you can see, is also missing from my list. So if you have experience teaching EFL to learners with special needs or - perhaps you were one of the participants on the summer course - can you suggest a couple of tips or share an insight on special ed pupils and language learning (vocabulary + grammar) to make the above list up to ten?
For other posts related to various summer schools I've taken part in, see the following: