NLP for Literacy Teachers of Primary Schoolchildren

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NLP offers many ways for literacy teachers of primary schoolchildren to stop learning difficulties related to literacy and numeracy.  How can you help?

NLP ways for literacy teachers of primary schoolchildren to STOP DYSLEXIA NOW


As you read STORIES to children, encourage them to make pictures in their imaginations rather than always seeing the ones in the book.  You can also ask them to draw their pictures and see how different they are.  Different is fine! The main thing is that they use their imagination.


Encourage pupils to TRY their visual skills. Children find this to be great fun. Teachers often feel that they don’t have TIME to encourage pupils to visualise.  Paradoxically, visualising words takes seconds at primary school level. And the time, money, and effort that can be saved or redirected on special needs will certainly be a fantastic boost to the school.


Be OPEN to what your pupils can do.  If you believe that they can do it, they will. And you will definitely make a difference.  You will be OFFERING pupils another strategy.


Imagining PICTURES is essential for remembering stories, reading comprehension, memory, painting from memory.  Putting words in your PICTURES is essential for spelling and reading.  Seeing numbers in your PICTURES is essential for mental math.  Putting staves of music in your PICTURES is essential for musicians.  Similarly, inserting foreign words into your PICTURES is essential for learning foreign languages. And even colour coding words to represent their genders will greatly help.  PHONICS have a place in helping with new words, but will be meaningful only when children recognise the representation of the sound in letters.


DEFINITELY teach visual children, especially those on the autistic spectrum, to DEVELOP their visual skills and visualise words.  Many children on the autistic spectrum are certainly fantastic visualisers who easily make vivid pictures whilst having low auditory [hearing] skills. They will very quickly be good spellers and readers.   DEFINITELY teach visual spelling to all pupils and experience/watch/be amazed at how easily they learn!  Children don’t need a formal assessment to learn to visualise. They all do it naturally.


YOU will certainly be amazed at how much this process will improve children’s confidence and self-esteem. That will consequently lead to improvements in all aspects of schoolwork and sociability.  YOU won’t know what you can do until YOU try.


Make blank SPACE on the wall to the side of the teacher where pupils can visualise.  If a pupil is looking at that space, you can also ask him/her to draw what s/he is thinking about.  Don’t assume that if pupils are not looking at the teacher, they are not doing something valuable for their learning!


Encourage pupils to LOOK up.  Above all, don’t let them be sad, frightened, etc. and don’t let them be looking down.  They’ll access their visual field best when they LOOK up.


EVERYONE can be a visual learner and develop their visual field.  As long as they can recognise their relatives and friends  (almost everyone can) they just need to develop the skill they already have.  Developing one’s visual field is an ESSENTIAL skill for any schoolwork.  Being able to visualise in rich detail, hold an image steady in order to copy from it, and instantly access large amounts of information is invaluable for succeeding at school, work, in life.  EVERY teacher can teach this; there is no need for special assessments until you are sure that pupils are visualising words well.


Why settle for being a dysleXic friendly school when so much eXtra is possible?


INDISPUTABLY even some educational research bodies have noticed that failure to acquire visual motor skills is a strong predictor of difficulties with literacy and numeracy in adulthood the effects of which are evident even when qualifications are taken into account.


ALL good spellers visualise words. You only have to ASK them.  ALL words need pictures, especially in prep school years.  Don’t confuse very young children with words that don’t have pictures. This conflicts with the frequently used words in some national curricula.


NO stress!  Letting children put stress on themselves or being stressed by pressure of teachers or parents makes dyslexic tendencies worse.  Find ways not to put pupils on the spot.


Teach ONLY words that have pictures (nouns and colours) at the beginning and until you are certain that your pupils visualise well.  OH, and if any of your pupils are clever enough to spin words around, pass them the imaginary spray glue or remote control to hold their words still! Their brains will get the message.


WOW! It WORKS!  WHY didn’t we know this before?  WHAT brilliant and cost-free results!  And it takes only minutes!

Let’s talk about more NLP for teaching literacy to primary schoolchildren.

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