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The Fish in the Tree report (dyslexia in school report)

The Fish-in-the-Tree report commissioned by the Driver Youth Trust (see link on right of this page), gets its name from a quote by Einstein who said:

‘If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’

This resonates with the dyslexic learner who is often judged by his/her spelling or reading attainment, and led to believe their are stupid by the attitudes, materials and measures surrounding them in the classroom.

The report also provides statistics, insights and information which so clearly highlight why dyslexic children so often face difficulties through the lack of understanding and skills surrounding them in the classroom. More teacher-training is needed (which I personally think should be delivered more through Continued Professional Practice once teachers are familiar with mainstream teaching, rather than added into their Initial Teacher Training programmes), and a greater awareness of the disabling effect dyslexia can have on the identity and soul of a learner.

This is why I have developed the training courses I present to practitioners (see CORNWALL NEWS); why I run courses for parents of dyslexic children; and why I am writing this instead of watching tv!

My new book: Spelling Rules, Riddles and Remedies has now been published by Routledge. To find out more please clink on this link: http://www.routledge.com/9780415710008