How Orton-Gillingham Changed My Teaching Practice
My assessments are much more concrete, specific and measurable and I’m able to define and identify sound goals for my students with much more efficiency and accuracy.Ailene B., Educator
What is Orton-Gillingham?
Orton-Gillingham (OG) is one of the most proven methods for teaching students to read and write. It is a structured literacy approach that can be used in any classroom to teach both foundational reading skills as well as higher literacy skills. At Fraser Academy, we offer Orton-Gillingham Practitioner Training courses and workshops, accredited by the Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA), and we are always happy to hear when an educator takes the tools and skills they develop at Fraser Academy and apply them in their own classrooms.
The Benefits of Orton-Gillingham Training for Teachers
Below, Ailene B., a Learning Resource Teacher in the Greater Vancouver area who has completed OG Associate Level Instructor Training, shares how Orton-Gillingham training changed her teaching practice:
“If I had the opportunity to travel back in time to the year 2000 when I started my teaching journey, I would strongly advocate that the OG approach be a mandatory course that new teachers need to take as part of their certification process.
I’ve taught for almost twenty years, specifically as a Learning Resource Teacher. Now nearing the end of my OG training, I am well-versed and knowledgeable in understanding the ways a child learns to read.
With the OG training as a part of my teaching repertoire, I am not scrambling for online resources or going through basal reading programs to learn how to address my students with reading difficulties. I’ve also been able to educate other classroom teachers and parents about how they can target specific areas of reading.
As a result of my training, when I meet with parents who are concerned about their child’s reading, spelling or writing difficulties, I am able to describe and explain the specific skills that need to be supported.
My assessments are much more concrete, specific and measurable and I’m able to define and identify sound goals for my students with efficiency and accuracy.
Planning the right lessons has also been a smoother experience. With its multi-sensory approach, I’m finding that my students are more receptive, feel more successful and are much more engaged in lessons. When I’m asked by my students about the “why’s” of my teaching strategy and how they learn, I’m able to describe how Orton-Gillingham activates their neural pathways. They love hearing how OG-based activities help their brain process information.
I have encountered a huge support network within the Orton-Gillingham community, and have worked with amazing mentors at Fraser Academy who are passionate about learning and educating others.”