I was very intrigued finding this short YouTube clip from San Paolo/Brazil, as it focuses on the exact opposite of our school system here in Australia, where a teacher is not even allowed to touch a child, to calm it down or give a child a hug when he or she is upset or hurt:
“Recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child’s development and, as such, it should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons.”
I couldn’t agree more. How unhealthy is it for a child to sit upright in the same position for hours with small breaks? We all need to move, learn to balance, interact, focus, touch, sense, smell, be in nature, climb and not only our physical but also our mental health will benefit:
Many schools in New Zealand have embraced the Davis Method of teaching children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities – and have found it extremely beneficial. Finally one school has adopted this way of reading and learning for all children – and after four years the results are quite staggering:
The video shows that now 90 % of children are at or above national reading levels.
This is my new award-winning website from my lovely designer Ryan in Dubai. Ryan: “We’ve entered the work we’ve done on Sydlexia so far into the Dubai Lynx, and it has had a very good response. We heard that it has 20 shortlists into the different categories it has been entered into – which is amazing news! Tomorrow night is the awards ceremony, and hopefully we’ll convert some of those shortlists to metal. This might become the story of the dyslexic designer that wanted to do something for what he believes in, and won big doing it (hopefully) :)”
Well – he did! And he won: One Gold, Two Silver and Three Bronze medals. He can be so proud of this work, where an entire team was brainstorming for weeks on how to think like a dyslexic person and what would be useful:
- The first three letters of Sydlexia (short for Sydney Dyslexia) move around between Dyslexia and Sydlexia
- The entire page can be bathed in a hue of blue, green, yellow, purple or red, as he had researched that the coloured overlays or Irlen lenses help some dyslexic children to facilitate the reading
- Their office turned into an origami haven, where everyone had a go on folding animals in the right way to come up with the proper spelling of that animal on the origami as a reward
- They researched the best font for Dyslexics, the spacing, the moving pictures and especially the simplicity. It has a modern, clean look. I love it! I hope you’ll like it too.
Ten reasons – and I’m sure there are more – why technology on the developing brain causes mental, developmental, behavioral and physical side effects, like obesity in children. The addiction of parents to these devices shouldn’t be disregarded either.
This may not be enough to correct dyslexia – and just being able to listen to the teacher for longer doesn’t always mean than the information gets processed properly and leads to the desired results, but it definitely is a step in the right direction.
As quoted by Marva Collins, “Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.”
This lovely book has fallen into my hands and is proving most insightful. It is mainly about the relationship of teachers to students, but also gives valuable advice to parents who believe that solving their child’s problems and running to school at every opportunity to support and even out their child’s rocky path, means that they are responsible and responsive mothers or fathers.
Check it out: