For more than half a century, Lawrence School has been developing and refining teaching methods for dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia; as well as coaching strategies for executive function challenges. Our individualized approach to learning is informed by evidence-based research and the traditions of respect and care upon which our school was founded.
In every interaction with our students (in the classroom and out), we demand a high level of consistency and professionalism from our staff. The Lawrence Way, originally created to support new faculty in learning our techniques, encompasses the four tenets of our approach:
You may notice our classrooms look bare—this is by design! We train students to focus by removing distractions from the physical environment and continually circulating visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile stimuli to focus their attention on the lesson at hand.
Many Lawrence School students struggle with executive function. Our faculty members model organization in their own behavior to structure classrooms in a consistent, understandable way. Students benefit greatly from constant, direct teaching of organizational strategies which help them to transfer these skills independently into everyday life.
We require that all lessons are presented in a multisensory manner. Students best remember what they are learning when the lesson engages multiple senses. This includes visual, auditory, kinesthetic, tactile, or even smell or taste-related activities.
Students must own and understand a concept before a new one is introduced. We teach key concepts to mastery (80% of students achieving 80% or better on assessments) while appropriately moving through the curriculum. If a student continues to struggle, we move on, but we continually circle back to key concepts and utilize our on-staff learning specialists. Our job is to build the solid educational foundation students need to be successful in the future.
The following policies are just a few of our all-school teaching guidelines that benefit students with dyslexia and other learning differences:
Orton-Gillingham. What is it?
Our commitment to multisensory learning is rooted in decades of research on how the dyslexic mind retains new information.
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