Do you feel confident about the way you grade students with atypical learning needs? Most teachers have some difficulty devising ways to grade students with educational disabilities, those who are struggling learners, and those who are still learning the English language. They want grades to be fair and accurate but are not sure just how to do that.
I was so taken by the response that I received on my last column, which was about children with nonverbal learning disabilities, that I thought there might be an interest in more information on the subject. As I said in my last column, children with NVLD have strong verbal abilities and significantly weak visual-spatial abilities, which makes it difficult for them to organize their thoughts, understand the main ideas in what they read, and interpret and respond to social cues. They are often clumsy or have poor fine motor control, which shows up as poor handwriting.