Tell the teachers

I received the following email from a Dyslexia Specialist who is also a Certified Barton tutor.

I am giving an inservice on dyslexia today, so I had to cancel one of my student’s tutoring sessions.

When the child asked me what I was going to be doing, I explained. My student asked if he could give a message to the teachers. I said, “Sure.”

His response was so poignant that I asked a few others this week if they had anything they wanted to say as well. I was surprised just how many had something they wanted to get off their chests!

Below is a sampling of just a few.

JEFFREY, first grade:
If you are going to teach me the way I can’t learn, then I will not learn, and I will be mad and frustrated!

If you teach me the way I can learn, then I will try and try, and try, and try and try so hard, and I will never give up!

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ANGELA, second grade:
I would like to tell teachers that struggling is hard.

If you don’t know how to teach me, then find someone who does.

And while they are teaching me, be nice to me! I am trying so hard and I need my teacher to understand that.

DAVID, second grade:
Give me more time to finish my work. I can’t work as fast as the other kids.

Even better would be if you gave me less work. I would still learn, and then I would have time to play.

LISA, ninth grade:
My teacher told the class that I have dyslexia so they would understand why I don’t want anybody else correcting my papers. Do you know what she told them? She said that I had trouble mixing up my Bs and Ds!

Is that really all she thinks dyslexia is? Don’t teachers want to know any more than that?

2 responses

  1. As a mother of a son with dyslexia, who went on to become a very accomplished adult we were grateful to the many teacher along the way that helped our son. What we did observe were so many teachers who had no idea what dyslexia really is , let alone how to help a child. Are courses offered to student teachers i to help them identify a child with dyslexia and then give them tools to help. Even a program for special aids with training specific to dyslexia.

  2. James Hodgkinson | Reply

    I wish that I knew what I know now about my Dyslexic condition and my younger self had the confidence to speak up and tell my teacher’s exactly what these young kids have said then maybe my life would have been So much better,

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