Task 2.1 - Self-esteem
Self-esteem is an area where children with dyslexia often experience problems. Persistent difficulties with reading writing and spelling result in loss of self-belief and may result in disengagement and eventually disaffection. Self-esteem impacts academically but also socially on pupils with dyslexia. Teacher understanding of the secondary aspects of dyslexia can avoid putting pupils into embarrassing situations in class.
There is often a need for class and subject teachers to take on a pastoral role to ensure pupils feel understood and supported.
- Listen to the interviews below
- Discuss, in your groups, approaches which may lessen the negative impact of low self-esteem and encourage the following:
- developing confidence
- teacher understanding of the pupil's difficulty
- enabling the child with dyslexia to fit in and feel included
- Decide who needs to action each of these approaches - teacher/peer group/whole school issue?
- Mark each strategy appropriately - T/PG/WS etc
Task sheet AD2.1 - Approaches to support self-esteem
Confidence building approaches
Enhancing teacher understanding
Confidence and 'fitting in'
Peer group understanding
Did you consider the possibility of discussing dyslexia with the whole class to give them an understanding of the strengths and difficulties associated with dyslexia?