When I work with students, we always have the discussion based on, "Why do we read? Who invented written words anyway?"
Everyone remembers playing the child’s game of TELEPHONE – where a group of individuals line up and the first person whispers a message to the next person and the message is subsequently passed down the line. At the end, the last person repeats the message that was shared. Very seldom is the final message the same as the original. THIS IS WHY WE HAVE WRITTEN LANGUAGE.
Human thought is so unique that we want to preserve it...want to share it with others unadulterated and retain originality. The only way to do so is to write it down. Symbols were created to represent the sounds that we speak. Letters are combined to make even more sounds. These combinations when placed on paper represent the REAL THINGS....IDEAS.... THOUGHTS...and EMOTIONS of another individual. It is our responsibility to learn to decipher this code and retain the meaning behind the words."
This explanation helps my students to get excited about the activity of reading that has been elusive to them. After internalizing the tools for FOCUS and correcting misperceptions in the formation and sequence of the alphabet, they are empowered to use these symbols to represent the meaning g behind the written word.
Did you know that EVERY student that comes to The Tutoring Center is screened for Dyslexia and/or other hidden learning struggles??
The following was shared on The Dyslexia Classroom Facebook page.
"This image is a powerful reminder that what you see isn't the whole picture. This is especially true for our students with dyslexia.
"But they are doing so well!"
...[older students] have developed amazing coping skills, are getting good grades, and are considered on grade level...but these successes don't tell the whole story.
While their struggle may not always be visible to us, students with dyslexia often:
This TED talk is powerful! I have told many people lately about my concern that more and more of my clients and students are exhibiting struggles due to disorientation. Disorientation is simply when your perceptions tell you one thing and reality is something else. This disorientation that they are experiencing is not caused organically - like dyslexia or ADHD or sensory processing disorders - but it is mimicking the characteristics and the effects (both socially and academically).
My mantra at CenterPoint Learning Solutions and The Tutoring Center is INTENTION - do it with purpose. And the most powerful way to be intentional is to be present.
What Joseph Gordon-Levitt so powerfully shared in his TED talk is synonymous with the presence and focus that my clients develop when they go through a program. They learn how to be IN THE NOW and how to do it at will. It is a very powerful experience that they own and carry on through the rest of their lives.
Why do some students seem to move through the school system with such ease, while others seem destined to struggle? It could be because of their thinking style.
There are two mental processing styles: verbal and non-verbal. All people begin life as non-verbal “picture thinkers.” As language is introduced and the brain develops, a preference for processing occurs. Individuals who think primarily in language are considered verbal processors–linear or “word thinkers.” Individuals who think primarily in images are considered non-verbal processors–global or “picture thinkers.” All people process in one of these two styles of thinking or a combination of both…
The Tutoring Center Staff would like to wish you all a very BLESSED EASTER and remind you that we will be closed Thursday - Sunday in observance of the Easter Holiday.
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At The Tutoring Center we are thankful for the families who have joined us on this grand adventure of Empowering Minds! Since opening the doors on November 1st, The Tutoring Center has enrolled 16 students in various programs and students have set off on a course of focus, fundamentals and fun! We look forward to regularly adding new students and keeping the offices buzzing with productive activity.
Tidbit of History
Thanksgiving is a beloved holiday celebrated on various dates across North America. In the United States, the holiday of Thanksgiving has been a mainstay celebration since the Revolutionary War. In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln established the third Thursday of November as a national day of Thanksgiving in an effort to bring about a sense of peace among the nation amidst the turmoil of the Civil War. Read more about the origins of Thanksgiving here: www.history.com/news/abraham-lincoln-and-the-mother-of-thanksgiving
At long last, the western Treasure Valley has a learning center available to serve the needs of students of all capabilities. The Tutoring Center officially opened its doors on November 1st and served its first students on November 3rd!
Reach out to Kelley, Center Director, or any of our capable tutors featured here for more information.