Shawna understood in running what it meant to endure, to keep going, to be steadfast till the end. She just did not have same endurance in school. Her reading was slow, and laborious. It was a drudgery with seemingly no purpose. Just the opposite of her running. This conflict was difficult for Shawna to manage, she tried everything to bring her reading up to speed. But it was not like running where a change in pace or strategy could make a difference fairly quickly. All the things she tried seemed to make no real difference; this made Shawna furious and anxious about herself.
6 May 2019
During first semester her Social Studies teacher, was relentless in his demands on his students, no matter their ways of learning. He kept a pace which was quick by anyone's standards. He moved on to new material assuming concepts, dates, and facts were understood. This quickly put Francine behind and created a disconnect for her and her teacher.
8 Apr 2019
That first week of school it became clear how the school was different. John's class only had ten students in it. The amount of attention he received and the level of concern for the instruction were evident even to John. He was immediately enthused with the activities they were doing and how he seemed to catch on right away. It was automatically easier to make friends and to find out that everyone in the class has specific needs. John made friends with another boy named David who was also new to the school. They became best of friends and supported the other as the school year progressed.
1 Apr 2019
On their next check-up with their doctor, they addressed their concern for his language development, as he was nearing eighteen months old. The doctor did his usual exam and records check before hearing the parent’s concerns. He spoke to the child to see what he could generate from him directly but got just what the parents had reported. He checked the child's hears again and suggested he order an audiology exam to rule out a hearing loss. Bret's parents agreed with this approach and were hopeful it would prove helpful.
18 Mar 2019
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Well, a week went by, and Grace had watched the video several times a day every day. After the third time she could watch without crying, and after the fifth time, she could be less critical of her movements. By the end of the week, Grace had watched it and just enjoyed the artful beauty of the dance, not even thinking about herself. She grew in her confidence and assurance that she could perform. Shelly called her near the end of the week and asked how she was feeling. Grace and Shelly had a nice chat and agreed to meet for practice, the next day.
12 Mar 2019
Jimmy has brown hair and loves baseball. He knows all kinds of facts and history on the sport. He is a fanatic for the Kansas City Royals, who has only watched on TV, despite living less than an hour from the ball park. He wears his Royals hat to school nearly every day. Jimmy is energetic and friendly, loves to play especially involving games or using his imagination. To know him without knowing his learning difference you would never suspect it. Now Jimmy does try to cover up his spelling and at times is embarrassed by his scores. This frustrates him and he tends to not really put much effort into his spelling.
4 Mar 2019
Jill is finishing fifth grade and will be transitioning to middle school next year with her classmates, and students from fifth grades in other schools. Jill is very aware of this change coming up, as are her friends. They have conversations about all the, “What if’s?” and the constant rumors about middle school. They wonder about how they will manage all the differences from their current school.
26 Feb 2019
"The sun in the west was a drop of burning gold that slid near and nearer the sill of the world."—Lord of the Flies, William GoldingWilliam Golding's use of metaphor for the reader who understands the figurative references is beautiful. But someone like me who saw words like "burning gold" or "nearer the sill of the world" became easily confused. Images of "flaming gold" and "a window sill" do not bring great meaning or enjoyment from Golding's choice of expression. As someone who did not get this sort of thing, my strategy was to read without gathering meaning.
11 Feb 2019
It was not long before my mother was overwhelmed with her situation and with my problems. She was pregnant again and couldn't conceive of managing with me around. That is when she put in an orphanage so that I could receive the kinds of support I needed. So, at two years of age, I was alone in an orphanage, unable to talk, and walking was difficult. Everyone assumed I was cognitively involved. Months after I arrived in the orphanage my mother died in childbirth along with my only biological sibling.
4 Feb 2019
I was quietly considering the darkness and the light in my mind’s eye, as I reflected on my life. It seemed only yesterday, that a much younger me, saw only darkness, failure, and uncertainty. The perceived dawning of light seemed to come only moments ago, so beautiful and heartwarming. My name is Theresa, this is my testimonial of a transformation journey with only the brightest illumination that a soul could ever experience.
28 Jan 2019
Later when he had calmed down he was in his room rethinking his behavior. He recalled the dream and began investigating what humility is. He learned quickly that humility is admitting your weakness, your wrong, or your impulse. Kyle considered this for a while and concluded that he should help his parents, as he wanted the new furniture too.
24 Dec 2018
Thirst for Knowledge
Conary’s teacher asked to talk with him after class that day. He went expecting to hear something about his poor performance, but he was pleasantly surprised by her assisting him in getting started on his project. With the template she had questions for Conary to answer from his knowledge she recorded these things win the appropriate places in the template. They then worked together on what Conary needed to know more about, and where he could go to get the information. She put all this together for him so that at home he would have the scaffolding to proceed with his project.
3 Dec 2018
Danny came home from school that day and was completely dejected. He sat alone and cried. When his mother got home from work, she found him just sitting in the dark. He was curled up on the couch with a blanket. She immediately sensed something was wrong.
15 Oct 2018
In the days that followed Doug kept working on the story he would tell his daughter’s class about his business. Not only to make it informative, but to draw out the entrepreneurial thinking which Doug had used in developing his business. Doug came to grips with his lack of education and decided he would cross that bridge if the question was asked. He did not want his presentation to be side tracked by that part of his life.
27 Aug 2018
Years later, Carissa’s daughter Jade was visiting and her mother’s stories came up. Jade said, “Mom, your stories have been such a great support for me through life. I think you should publish them for others to read.”
20 Aug 2018
She soon discovered how history and science which was encompassed in this field. This was very exciting to her. She knew she had found just the right path for her abilities. Sarah used many tools to aide her to perform in writing in college and in the field, as well.
13 Aug 2018
John has designed some magnificent buildings. He still using his spatial reasoning all the time in all steps of the design process for the projects he is assigned. He is well known in his office for his reasoning skills as well as others come to him frequently to bounce ideas off him, because he is able to reason beyond what others are and give them direction in their designs.
6 Aug 2018
Lauren quietly sat in the back of the classroom, not engaging with students around her and never offering to raise her hand to respond in class. She felt so inadequate in the responses she thought of, or her answers were already shared by the time she worked up the confidence to raise her hand. Lauren’s slow processing speed along with her dyslexia constantly interfered in her engagement in learning like other students. She was certainly at disadvantage on the average, but with the advent of immediacy in our culture she was distinctly but unintentionally left out.
10 Jun 2019
Caleb seemed to learn well when he was at home and in the orchard because there was always time to practice and get it right. But at school, it was a different thing, Caleb never felt like he had mastery of anything. He was so convicted by his learning between home and school. He did not let his parents know; as they thought he learned just fine. But with the school year winding down and the orchard needing attention, Caleb's frustration grew. He finally had had enough. One evening he asked his parents if he could be homeschooled.
3 Jun 2019
After they'd arrived back home, and had put Spencer to bed, Sandy sat with Ben who was preparing for Monday's lessons at work. She broached his experiences in school first to learn more about how he struggled. Ben shared his difficulty with language. He said I thought you knew since I still have some weaknesses. Sandy honestly hadn't put much thought to it; she'd just been helpful to her love. When Ben had shared without emotion about his own problems, she felt much more comfortable with sharing what she'd learned about Spencer. Sandy told Ben about her conversation with Spencer’s teacher. She asked him if he’d noticed the change in Spencer too?
27 May 2019