This week I have been to Pangbourne College and met 12 delightful students, some lovely teachers and a brilliant SENCO. We taught everyone to improve literacy in minutes, not months. The reaction from the students and adults was nothing short of miraculous, as their skills improved minute by minute. One of the students is exceptionally creative and brilliant at graffiti; he can now have words in his pictures and learn so much quicker.
In the evening I was running a workshop for the Marlborough Dyslexia Association. About 40 parents, teachers and 1 student loved the event. They were trying out their own experiences and it gave them lots of new ways to think about Dyslexia, opening up to possibilities for how to help their students and children make progress with new skills.
I just love this work, it is so rewarding. Go to http://www.visualkids.eu if you want to learn more about these simple skills and make a difference in the world of children’s education. Do let us know what you feel passionate about.
Yesterday I was sad to hear that the new film The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, that was promised as a free copy to everyone that attended the London premier, will now be charged at £150 to anyone who wants to use it as education – the topic is such that anyone who watches it is being educated; that is the object of the film! I was planning to promote it free of charge to my clients. It is a great film for showing you how some people with Dyslexia become resilient and very successful with work arounds. It is a pity that there was no mention of the skills you can simply teach dyslexics to minimise their debilitating symptoms and maximise their exceptional talents. Perhaps they will ask me to write a sequel.