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we are educating the teachers to help our kids!!


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Joined: Apr 02, 2007
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Posted Apr 02, 2007 at 9:18:08 PM
Subject: we are educating the teachers to help our kids!!

Hi,
I am the mother of five children, four of whom are dyslexic. My husband is dyslexic as well. Over the the past ten years we have muddled our way through several schools and we even homeschooled for several years. After putting our children back into school (they are all doing well:) I decided that it just isn't acceptable to me that so many teachers (and parents) have so little knowledge on how my children need to be taught in a classroom. My husband and five kids and myself decided to write down all the frustrations, and helpful things that have occured as we took our children through school. It's a real eye opener. We have passed the book throughout our children's school. The results have been very good. I even had one teacher who has my nondyslexic child tell me that he felt horrible that he let many children in the past slip by because he just had not understood. Almost all the teachers stated they had no training in school on how to help children like mine and were grateful for any insight. I am hoping to someday educate all educators to understanding my children. If you would like to read our book for free, I would love comments. I feel there are a lot of parents, who like myself, could also use a little heads up when it comes to dyslexia.
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Thanks

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Reading teacher
Joined Nov 14, 2007
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Posted:Nov 15, 2007 12:04:09 AM

That's a great idea! I'm a teacher and there are so many learning disabilities that are out there and the ESE teachers are strapped with a huge load of kids. We are given the IEP information on the student and the modifications that must be allowed for that student, but there's not a lot about specific learning strategies for students with autism, dyslexia, ODD, ADHD, etc. As a teacher, it is very frustrating because we have SO many things that we are asked to do. Not only are we teaching, grading, planning, attending parent/teacher conferences, calling parents about behavior issues, tutoring, taking continuing education classes for certification, etc., etc. but we're looking out for the interests of students who we discover are dealing with emotional scars, bullying, abuse, pregnancy, etc. Believe me when I say that we get tons of training, but there's not enough time in a day, week, month. However, if a parent comes to me with skills and strategies that will help their student, I will bend over backwards to help that child learn. I know that I speak for many teachers when I say that. Even within the confines of different learning disabilities, every child is unique and different. If a parent knows how to help their child and can share strategies, we will welcome those ideas with open arms.

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Gary
Joined Nov 13, 2007
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Posted:Nov 28, 2007 12:23:47 PM

Reading teacher
Do you follow the modifications listed for the IEP? I am a teacher also and I follow them to the letter. My son has an IEP and the Math teacher in the IEP meeting Monday- flatly refused to follow any of the modifications listed in the IEP. I thought by law we had to.

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cirilyn pagas
Joined Apr 12, 2008
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Posted:Apr 12, 2008 6:19:39 AM

This would be a great idea since I`m studying education course and I`m really wanted to be a teacher someday.Its really nice to teach children.

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Angela in CA
Joined Mar 17, 2005
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Posted:Apr 16, 2008 2:15:55 PM

Thanks so much! Your stories are compelling and a real call for understanding. I had been a special education teacher for years and wondered how kids got to me in 8th grade unable to read. It was when my own son did not learn to read that I really understood the 24/7 nature of dyslexia. I tried so hard to get my district to train teachers. In college, I basically learned to "slow down, do it again, and be nice"...not research based programs that I was trained in and supported to learn and expected to teach. I finally moved and took my son to a private school for students with learning disabilities. I was blessed myself by getting a job in a public school district that provides a reading clinic with well trained teachers and assistants. I will post your e-book site for my co-workers to read. Thanks again and best wishes

Angela

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