I was so intrigued by this article, “20 Things Only Parents of Children with Dyslexia will Understand.”
I won’t repeat the article, but a few things of the twenty stand out that make life so very difficult for kids:
- They feel dumb and stupid
- They are exhausted by detail
- They can be disorganized
- They are not lazy or unmotivated — (but everyone thinks they are!)
But what people forget is the many, many gifts that dyslexics have — it’s just how schools are structured makes these kids struggle so much. Here are the gifts:
- They view the world holistically
- They are visual thinkers
- They see solutions/things that others do not
- They often have above average intelligence
- Their sense of hearing is exceptional
The conclusion of the article is key:
Unfortunately, learning has been so intimately tied to reading that they have been at a clear disadvantage. Things are rapidly changing; however, in this wonderful age of technology. We are reaching a point at which we will be able to honor all learning styles, not just those that have traditionally met with success.
Fantastic idea about how to help high school students get ready for college — and I think it would help them STAY in high school!
Nick Stoneman writes about his school that schedules seniors in a way that gives them more autonomy over their day. In Nick’s words, this so-called “fifth grade schedule” is a problem: “Complacency is a risk when students have their time managed for them, as are both absenteeism and a lack of engagement.”
Even the brightest, most successful high school students have trouble when faced with the unstructured schedule of college. This approach with a phased-in schedule would be a great way to give kids a safer place to experience this schedule, as well as keep kids engaged. Seniors are DONE with school by their last year, and giving them more responsibility and freedom could be a great way to keep them engaged.
Would some of them abuse the privilege? Of course. Guess what: they already find ways to sneak out of class and even if they are in class, they aren’t always present.
Will this happen? In most schools, no way, at least not for most kids. You’ll hear about transportation issues. You’ll hear that kids need to be in school. The transportation issue is real, although there must be ways to work around it.
Figure it out.