THE ORTON-GILLINGHAM APPROACH
The Orton-Gillingham Approach is based on the teaching philosophy of Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham. In the 1920's, Dr. Orton combined neuroscientific information and principles of language processing remediation. Ms. Gillingham was a gifted educator and linguist with a superb mastery of language and was an early advocate of multisensory teaching. Together they developed the Orton-Gillingham Approach which remains the optimal approach for teaching students with learning differences.
Orton-Gillingham principles utilized throughout the curriculum at The Fletcher School:
Language Based: The fundamental aspects of language are taught explicitly to facilitate reading and writing.
Individualized: Academic needs are met by developing strategies for each student's learning profile.
Multisensory: Teaching employs all learning pathways in the brain (visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic). Instruction via the multisensory triangle enhances student learning and recall.
Direct, Structured, and Sequential Instruction: New materials are introduced systematically with lessons moving from the simple to complex in a gradual, orderly fashion.
Cognitive: Students gain an understanding of their learning profile with the ability to select and apply strategies that work for them.
Success Oriented: Success and confidence grow as students use learning strategies to progressively develop their strengths and skills. Learning becomes a rewarding and joyful experience.