Here’s what I know... my daughter having Dyslexia has made me a better teacher. I see how unbelievably hard she works to retain information. Her processing is so different it takes much more for her to learn. If you want your students to know something anything, you must be specific about the content assessed. If them a clear understanding of what you want learned. If you’re going to grade for spelling, students must know which words are to be assessed and be allowed to practice them all week, but seriously is it really that important to know how to spell “Martinique” or is knowing who he was and what he did the reason for study. Do you not use spell check? Information pertaining to specific dates and times need to be reviewed and studied before hand. Time is needed. Flashcards with nemonic devices and picture clues shld be encouraged. She desperately needs time for absorption.
If a kid fails and clearly did not understand the content, they need opportunity to reteach and retest. They need second chances to learn. Sometime, most times it takes multiple attempts at exposure to retain the information. Research proven. Study guides and reviews, quizlett and quizzzs are so essential for success. When taking notes, Cat doesn’t see the word and write it in its entirety. She writes letter for letter and is so worried about writing correctly and keeping up, the information is not sinking in THEREFORE a pop quiz after heavy note taking is not fair or effective ESPECIALLY when the student is NOT allowed to retake or correct the failing grade. grrrr Notes need to be provided please. PowerPoints printed class copies shared. They will be reread and reviewed, picked apart and put back together with chunks and checks, steps by step, pictures drawn, hand motions made and information regurgitated YOUR way.
I know my daughter makes you work harder as a teacher, but it’s her right to have her individual needs met. She deserves a chance to be successful. She is working hard for you and deserves the same from you. I’m pleading with you, as a mother and an educator, please see her for her effort and help to even the playing field. Help her to shine in her own light. She loves a challenge and will walk thorough fire for you if you give her that chance.
First 6 weeks of Middle school Cat had almost all A’s except two 88s. PreAp Math and ELA. So proud of my baby! I’m learning a lot too!!