This is a short thought for the day. When I am working with Dyslexic students they generally have issues with self-esteem. A large component of their poor self image is the belief that everything they do is wrong.
One of the first things I chat about with them is there are no mistakes, only practice. When we are learning, part of the process is practicing what we are studying so we can understand and do well with the subject. This applies to many areas of life such as school, sports, hobbies, skills or a profession.
People who become great at what they do know the importance of practice. In school the focus is often on failure (worksheets, assignments and tests) and not on the value of practice. When I was in the University of Victoria in the Education faculty back in the 70’s I had an amazing professor, Chuck Galloway who taught child psychology. He believed passionately in the value of practice. He taught us that children learn well when their classroom environment promotes understanding what they are learning, not punishing them for what they haven’t sorted out yet. He used us as guinea pigs to demonstrate this. We were encouraged to hand our work in, have it reviewed and given suggestions to improve it. We could take that as far we wanted for a final grade and we were coached to ask for assistance with what we were not understanding. Stress was low replaced with excitement and curiosity for the very difficult subject of child psychology.
Dyslexics have so much stress in school due to their learning issues which attracts bullying from their classmates and frustration from their teachers and parents. If their feelings of failure connected to getting everything wrong and making mistakes are not addressed and not employing appropriate teaching methods, clear specific instructions and accommodations for their learning differences, they will begin to shut down to most learning. They start to believe they can’t do anything right, only make “mistakes”.
So for Dyslexics and all students, focus on practice. When they say “Did I do it wrong?” tell them no, they are only practicing to get it right. Then go through their work to find out what they don’t understand. If they know they need more explanation and practice to understand their school work to “get it right” and you are there to help them, they will begin to open up and maybe even start to like school.
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ”
– Scott Adams (Cartoonist)
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