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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?

Early Intervention Works

If you catch dyslexia early, and provide the right type of instruction, you can prevent the emotional scars that usually come with dyslexia — as this Barton tutor shares:

I am tutoring a severely dyslexic boy who was retained in kindergarten. At this time, he is near the end of his second time through kindergarten, and he has just finished Level 3 of the Barton System.

His kindergarten teacher shared that when the class is introduced to new words, he always tells the class the reason for the spelling of the word and then shares the spelling rule.

The class wants to know if they can stay another year in kindergarten — so they can be as smart as James.

He is so PROUD !!!!

How I Feel About Reading

This inspiring essay was written by a Barton Graduate as his first assignment in his high school literature class. The teacher had assigned the topic: How You Feel About Reading.

I never liked reading most of my school career. I was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 7, so reading was hard. It didn’t make sense, and it was NOT fun. Mostly it was embarrassing because I could not read or write like everyone else.

None of the tutoring or special reading classes helped until 3 years ago, when I met Mrs. Bailey, who is now a close friend. She tutored me for 3 years, and she taught me to read and spell when no one else was able to.

Despite those frustrating years, I am glad I went through it. It made me a better person. It taught me so much about hard work, and to push through no matter how tough things seem. Now I like to read.

It was my teacher last year who helped me learn to like to read. I had to read a biography on a person who made a profound impact on the world. I picked William Wilberforce and read the book Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas.

William was a fighter, and I could relate with him in that he fought for something for so long and so hard despite having so little victory. But he kept on fighting. He eventually made it through and got what he had worked for his entire life: to end slavery in England.

Like William, I have had to work hard to learn to read. It is still hard for me at times, but I press on and try hard each day of my life.

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