Thursday, February 7, 2013

To Blog or Not to Blog?

  What shall we blog about?

Yesterday was the beginning post of this blog.  It was a suggestion by my school educational technology specialist and I obliged. When asked to create a blog, I was hesitate.  I am currently participating in a group blog and a wiki. I thought that was enough.  But, now I have a story to tell/share.  So, here it goes. 

This year I received a new group of students in fifth grade.  One of those students is severely dyslexic and labeled LD (learning disabled).  This student, who I will from this moment call Devin, has demonstrated the struggles of dyslexia and the strength of human will.  Devin struggles greatly with handwriting and decoding in reading.  Current district reading level is around first grade.  The lack of strength to decode also affects fluency.  However, comprehension is above expectation and average.  Anomaly, yes! And you must witness it to believe.  Oh! And vocabulary development, incredible.  Devin is typically the student who shares out in class discussion what unknown or unfamiliar words mean.  The teacher is always amazed.  

Now some of you might be thinking, "What's the big deal?" Special education student struggling with reading. Devin is unique, exceptional, and mysterious.  Devin can not demonstrate the ability to read above a first grade reading level, but yet manages to pass grade level reading assessments.  This blog will focus on Devin's strengths and weaknesses, and all the tools, strategies, accommodations, and technology available to make the instructional time effective.  

Check back soon to follow our journey to academic freedom despite our struggles with a lifelong disability.