Raroa Normal Intermediate, Wellington Student-led learning

'Doing your own learning really helps you in the real world'

For twins Hannah and Jess, who live with dyslexia, being in charge of their own learning means they can develop and use new strategies. Teacher Chris Johnston says it may look a bit chaotic, but there's a lot of individualised and personalised learning going on.

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