I'm a 25-year-old, baseball enthusiast, Orton-Gillingham certified educator pursuing a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I've been teaching kids ages 8-18 for over nine years how to read and write and I intend on making it my lifelong endeavor to continue helping dyslexics. I will become IMSLEC and ALTA certified within the next two years and I couldn't be happier.

Being right was largely a matter of explanations. Intellectual man has become an explaining creature. Fathers to children, wives to husbands, lecturers to listeners, experts to laymen, colleagues to colleagues, doctors to patients, man to his own soul, explained. The roots of this, the causes of the other, the source of events, the history, the structure, the reasons why. For the most part, in one ear out the other. The soul wanted what it wanted. It had its own natural knowledge.

Mr. Sammler’s Planet, Saul Bellow

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David Byrne, with some real talk for graduates. 

nprmusic:

David Byrne, with some real talk for graduates. 

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Conflict in Literature

Excellent.

classicpenguin:

incidentalcomics:

Conflict in Literature

Excellent.

While is it true that not everyone with dyslexia exhibits the same characteristics, it would be unwise to say that “dyslexia” does not merit any science to it. Those who are diagnosed with dyslexia are always categorized and singled out compared to people with just a learning or language disability. Brain imaging has also been going on for the last 20 years and these scans show a physical difference in brains of those with dyslexia. If anyone knows anything about dyslexia, it is that it is a neurobiological disorder and anyone with dyslexia will have it all of their lives. That does not mean that with the correct and early intervention they cannot be helped. Brain images show that dyslexics are not using the left parts of their brain like they’re supposed to correctly for reading and language acquisition. Unfortunately, they try to use one side of their brain and make up for these deficits with parts already within it, hence why reading and writing becomes difficult for them. As aforementioned, with the correct intervention, dyslexics can be taught to use the right parts of their brain to make reading and writing easier.

I’m sorry but if dyslexia wasn’t ‘scientific,’ then please explain to me why all of the research coming from the Yale Dyslexia Research Center from Sally Shaywitz and her colleagues are being heavily funded? She’s got to be doing something right.

Also, see ‘Overcoming Dyslexia,’ by Sally Shaywitz.

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It would help most students, not just those who have dyslexia, if we were asked these questions. Such an approach would provide more accurate test results than filling in the circles next to A, B or C.http://www.edutopia.org/blog/five-powerful-questions-teachers-ask-students-rebecca-alber?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=blog-5-questions-students-image


Good to know I’m asking these questions to my kiddos!

dyslexic-kids:

It would help most students, not just those who have dyslexia, if we were asked these questions. Such an approach would provide more accurate test results than filling in the circles next to A, B or C.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/five-powerful-questions-teachers-ask-students-rebecca-alber?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=blog-5-questions-students-image

Good to know I’m asking these questions to my kiddos!

I remember some of the greatest things my students said. This is definitely a perk to being an educator. 

Awesome new updates!

Just recently I acquired a new dyslexic student to privately tutor. He is still a little timid and is in the fifth grade. Thankfully the school and his mother are aware of his diagnosis, however, I don’t think the school really knows how to help his dyslexia. This is why I am here to help. 

In addition to tutoring dyslexics, I was in recent contact with a parent of a former student. She’d inquired about the tutoring I have been doing as of late and there is potential in working with her son again. I would be very happy to work this out but I’m not getting my hopes up because I know she and her husband paid a lot of money in tuition fees at the center I used to work at. Money is tight these days, however, if she takes in consideration how well her son worked under my instruction she may want to set something up for the upcoming new year. 

This is also has to do with tutoring but not with dyslexics. I will be coming in twice a week at two public schools in Milwaukee. One is Elm Creative Arts and the other is Robert LaFollette Elementary. The kids I will be working with all need reading intervention. Being at these schools familiarize me with RTI.

Last but not least, next semester I am taking an Independent Study in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department. The Independent Study will consist of me writing a lit review of studies and information I research over the semester regarding brain scans and activity in dyslexic youth. I am very much looking forward to it. 

All-in-all, things are looking up. My biggest goal of the semester is to finish the semester with As and make the Dean’s List. It would be a good way to break through my first year of graduate school.

Glad to see there are more brain scans being done on dyslexics. I feel we can learn more about dyslexia by looking at the brain.