Orton-Gillingham Math Lessons – Guide – Not Control

Differentiating these two is crucial. Teaching your students self- correction strategies is the key.

“Some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us.” — Epictetus

I teach math to children with learning difficulties, dyslexia and what the DSM 5 calls a specific learning disorder in mathematics. Such a disorder can be designated as mild, moderate or severe. Needless to say, these students have often experienced early learning challenges in their classroom which leave a residue of uncertainty about learning new things. Their reluctance becomes compounded when a variety of fixes have been attempted that didn’t result in significant improvement.

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When these students enroll in Orton Gillingham (OG) Math lessons, they’re naturally hesitant to engage in a yet another new approach. There is resistance, and let’s be honest, such resistance can be a warning sign that the student will resist my attempts to engage them.  It can cause you or me to become inflexible in our instruction to counter a student’s resistance. That’s not the answer.

Give up your need to control everything in your math lessons. Remember, your lesson plan is your guide, if you know which concept is next in your plan for your student then the diagnostic – prescriptive OG  Math Approach makes mistakes and recovery from them a natural part of the math lesson. That’s math instruction that works for students. 

OG Math students are taught multisensory, interactive strategies and procedures. They know this as “Say it and do it.” As the instructor, you will model the method and the student will repeat and practice it. If there is an error in the procedure, the visual and multisensory strategies provide a kinesthetic trigger for self-correction. If the student’s confidence begins to flag, a quick intervention helps the student to stay on track. And the great reward is that you can relax and detach from the things you cannot control in the lesson, focus on the ones you can, and know that sometimes, the only thing you will be able to control is your attitude towards your student and the lesson.

Enjoy your students and remember: “Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place.”

Marilyn Wardrop is a gifted trainer & mentor who helps educators replace or surpass their current math teaching strategies for struggling math students or those children learning math for the first time.

Marilyn’s OG Academic Math training programs have been called the secret weapon of frustrated math instructors. Hundreds…even thousands of educators use OG Math every single day.

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