I was dyslexic before anybody knew what dyslexia was. I was called ‘slow’. It’s an awful feeling to think of yourself as ‘slow’ – it’s horrible.
The biggest problem with dyslexic kids is not the perceptual problem, it is their perception of themselves. That was my biggest problem.
Being dyslexic can actually help in the outside world. I see some things clearer than other people do because I have to simplify things to help me and that has helped others.
I’m a human being, I’m not a machine. I’m 72. I’m dyslexic.
Being dyslexic, I had to train myself to focus my attention. I became very visual and learned how to create mental images in order to comprehend what I read.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life thinking it’s stupid.
It’s a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word!
If children can’t learn the way we teach, then we have to teach the way they learn.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
For too long, we’ve assumed that there is a single template for human nature, which is why we diagnose most deviations as disorders. But the reality is that there are many different kinds of minds. And that’s a very good thing.
Here’s a great video for exploring the archetypal hero:
The Khan Academy is an amazing learning resource that allows teachers to:
- Tap into the skills of some of the best educators in their fields
- Differentiate learning at a granular level – it makes it much easier to assign different activities at an appropriate level for every pupil in a class, if necessary
- Monitor and assess both engagement and attainment in these activities
And for students it allows them to:
- Independently extend their learning in their own time if they want to
- Take some control over their learning – find for themselves the zone between too easy and too difficult where the most powerful learning occurs