Help your students improve their thinking skills.
Thinking is a skill you can learn and it helps significantly if you are in a relaxed mood. Dyslexic children find it hard to think but especially hard to get their thoughts on paper. So after your dyslexic children have done this technique – be ready with pen and paper to get their ideas down quick or better still a dictaphone.
This is very simple but surprisingly it does require some time, effort and practise to master it. A whole lesson on the technique is a great starting point.
All you do is walk. I know, it couldn’t be simpler. However, there’s more. Read on to see what I do to think and how you can adapt it to work for you in your learning environment.
You need some space to just walk. I walk round the block where I live and as soon as I get home I’m bursting with ideas – I need to take a pen and paper on my next walk as I can easily forget them as I think of new ideas.
Why does walking work? At the moment, scientists are not sure. Here’s a study that was done on walking and it’s effect on creative thinking.
If you have room at your school to do this – inside in the corridors or hall (it doesn’t have to be outside) but for some fresh air the playground, you’ll see such a difference in the creativity and ideas of all your children – not just the dyslexic children.
P.S. If you don’t have room to walk, the Cross Crawl exercise from Brain Gym is equally effective and I have found it can give a calming and clear thinking effect too
Here’s a video about cross crawl: