What would be your ideal solution for improving the educational experience of students with dyslexia?
This is a question we asked when we recently interviewed the parent of a student with dyslexia, Angela Cantrell.
As she excitedly sat up in her chair, she responded:
“An ideal way for schools to address dyslexia, for me, would be to educate all students whether they have dyslexia or not. [Then] you have students who are able to recognize [dyslexia] in someone else and not tease them for being dumb. I would really like to see every teacher be educated about dyslexia. It’s so common, it’s so well documented, and we have so many kids who, just for the lack of having their teachers educated properly, are not getting the knowledge about what their real abilities are.”
After interviewing her son, Jefferson, about his experience with dyslexia, we saw his interview video as the perfect tool for addressing her first suggestion: educating every student about dyslexia.
We feel it is important for every student to understand Jefferson’s point of view for three reasons:
- To increase student understanding of dyslexia and learning differences
- To decrease bullying toward students with dyslexia and learning differences
- To help validate students who have dyslexia and learning differences
As October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, we encourage every teacher to take a few minutes during the month to help spread this message. Here’s a simple lesson plan for helping your students understand dyslexia.
Watch the Video
Watch Jefferson’s video as a class.