What is DYS Aware Day?
Dys Aware Day is a global movement to promote inclusiveness and understanding of those with DYS differences. It is a celebration of diversity.
DYS Aware Day is a celebration of those schools who are working towards inclusive and effective education. It is for educators who believe all students, regardless of their learning differences, should get an equal chance at a good education.
What is Nessy doing to celebrate DYS Aware Day?
Nessy is giving away free teacher training, to any interested teacher (or parent) in the world from March 15th – April 15th!
Don’t miss this opportunity for free training!
Teachers can sign up between these dates, and they have a year to take the course. Codes and instructions are in the Just Teach Me resource pack.
Free apps! (March 9th -April 15th)
For information, click here.
Nessy is releasing FREE printable maths worksheets for learning times tables, and the teaching videos to go with them on our Facebook page, 3 times a week from March 15th – April 15th.
What does it mean to be DYS Aware?
Just like all people, individuals with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia have a mixture of personal strengths and weaknesses. DYS Aware Day is a campaign for awareness. DYS students need more need access to effective education. DYS students need teachers trained and educated about dyslexia, dycalulia, dysgraphia, and dyspraxia. DYS students need understanding.
DYS children deserve the same opportunities for effective education as their classmates.
Children with these learning differences often find school very hard, but these children CAN LEARN. They need to be taught in a different, more explicit way. A way that many teachers do not know or understand.
Many teachers don’t know these methods because they were simply never taught. Most teacher training programs spend little time training teachers about these neuro—diverse learners. This is unfortunate because 10 – 20 % of the students that they teach will be DYS learners. These children often find school a sad, disheartening place to be. They may develop the belief that they are stupid, or even worthless because of years of failure in learning.
This is not their fault.
Kid’s want to learn. Teachers want to know how best to teach them.
This is just the reason why Nessy started the “Just Teach Me” campaign in 2020. It is a way to provide resources, information, and encouragement to teachers looking to serve diverse learners better and learn more about best practice.
Check out the Just Teach Me page for free resources for teachers.
At Nessy we celebrate good teaching!
Neuro-diversity is a concept that’s been around for a while. In a nutshell, it means that brain differences are just that: differences. So children with dyslexia and other DYS conditions aren’t “abnormal.” They’re simply variations of the human brain. Nessy believes kindness and compassion should be offered to all children including those who are DYS. Globally this day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of these children and educate the public about teaching methods that encourage inclusiveness, effectiveness for DYS students. and providing opportunity for all.
More DYS Awareness Resources:
- FREE eBooks versions of the best selling book Dyslexia Explained and the new dyslexia book for kids, What I Need .
- Take the Understanding Dyslexia Course for Free from March 15th – April 15th with the code: TEACHUD Earn your Dyslexia Awareness certificate and display it to encourage others to learn more.
- Free phonics teaching videos for students: Nessy Learning YouTube.
- Videos for Parents and teachers: Dyslexia Explained YouTube.
- Free learning videos for pre-readers and early readers: Go Hairy Phonics.
Nessy is teaming up with Chris Woodin to produce a fantastic new resource, just for dyscalculic students. Watch for Nessy Numbersense coming soon! Visit Chris Woodin’s website here.
Our Writing Beach program is a great resource for children with dysgraphia. Designed for students aged 7-14, the program teaches nouns, adjectives and verbs, and writing concepts that can be difficult to grasp. Nessy breaks these down in a fun way making it memorable. The program goes on to cover sentence structure and punctuation, helping children get their ideas onto paper. There are lots of supporting printable activities and card games which help children improve their writing in small steps.