Many parents wonder if it is possible to teach a struggling reader, including a dyslexic reader, online. I thought I would feature (with parents’ & student’s permission) one of my current online students. This grade 7 student is a superb athlete. At an eight country track and field meet this summer she medaled gold, silver and bronze. She is also an exceptionally skilled hockey player.
It is great that Betsy (not her real name) gets such a self-esteem boost from her athletic skills because for this smart, but struggling reader, school has been a nightmare. In fact when her grade 6 teacher asked the class to answer in their journal, “What are you good at?” Betsy’s answer was ” I am not good at anything. I obviously need to improve on everything.”
This is the school reality experienced by most dyslexics. No one tells them they have a great brain and that they just have to be taught to read in a special way. Our text-based left brain school system leaves them in the dust.
The good news is that Betsy is almost finished her grade 6/7 reading fluency training. She has even mastered level 8 comprehension. This is a remarkable four grade improvement in just six months.