It has been just a bit more than a year since I have blogged. I have been working on research for my educational pursuits and found this year slip away quite fast.
I feel as though I can now think for myself again and not let anxiety control my thoughts. My research Dissertation was on ADHD-classroom management techniques, my aim was to add to literature concerning ADHD in my context and satisfy a few wonderings I have had concerning this issue. I hope to get it published in the near future too and possibly write a post about it.
This post has been a nagging issue for me. I have had the great privilege of working with students that have had many academic challenges in their elementary years. Diagnostically
these have been due to Dyslexia. Dyslexia seems to be a hit on the streets and around parent coffee tables, even educators seem to throw it around and experiment with all sorts of strategies to help these children. I am an undercover Dyslexic and have found ways to cope with and remedy some challenges I have. This is why I believe Dyslexic children can achieve just as much and more than anyone else.
What fascinates me the most are their genius tendencies. I have had the most complex and most enjoyable conversations with Dyslexic students. Their innate ability to retain such amazing facts about areas of their interest. They teach me so much and challenge me to think deeper
about everything! Ron Davis believe so too in his book The Gift of Dyslexia which proposes that:
The gift of mastery develops in many ways and in many areas. For Albert Einstein it was physics; for Walt Disney, it was art; for Greg Louganis, it was athletic prowess.
One boy in particular was held back due to lack of progress in his academics and reading was an area of great anxiety and challenge for him. it was presumed that he would struggle with math and he believed that he would. During one lesson, I challenged him to visualise the numbers he was to remember in a way as to encourage him to internalise the math process and patterns. This opened pandoras box! From that moment onwards we both discovered his special ability to use visualisation in math. In grade 2 he was able to add and subtract up to 5 digit numbers mentally! Now in grade 4 he is calculating multiplication and division of multididgit numbers mentally! I have seen such a resilience in him and perseverance which is feeding into building his confidence in reading. My challenge in my job has been fighting back tears in most lessons!
I continue to marvel at the brain and its uniqueness, I believe we haven’t fully discovered the gifts of Learning Disabilities such as Dyslexia.
For your reading: Ron Davis-The Gift of Dyslexia