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October 2016

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Rethink The "Low" Kids

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What if I asked you to rethink the "low" kids?
by renegademama

Growing up, I understood that there were two groups of students: The smart ones and the dumb ones.

The ones who couldn't sit still, who fidgeted, who "got in trouble a lot," who got "bad" grades, who the teachers didn't like they were the dumb ones.

Maybe it was their fault. Maybe not. Who cares. All that mattered was they weren't as good as the rest of us and somewhere, somehow, I knew school was made for me.

I felt a little sorry for them because their work was never on the walls and they never got picked for anything. Their position was locked forever in the barely shrouded "ability level" groups.

Call it "Group C" all you want, teacher. We know what it means.

I shook my head in irritation and sat back in sweet superiority.

They were the low kids.

I was with the high kids.

Basically, we could never mix. School was MY ZONE. They were interlopers.

Hey. I have one of the "low kids" now.

It's hard to look at your son and know that some teachers will dismiss him as just another problem to be passed on to the next year. And each new school year feels like teetering over the edge of a deep chasm waiting to see if we'll fall, or which teacher we will have.

It's hard to see your son in all his complexity reduced, once a year, to a pdf of psychological assessments and charts and tables, the far right column stacked with numbers correlating to the "low average" and "deficient" and "at risk" section of their bell curve, over and over again like a brick across your face even though the very first line states "high intelligence."

To read the rest of this article, click here.

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I Wish Teachers Knew

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Our Kids Need Recess

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Our kids need recess.

Kids with dyslexia and kids with ADD need recess more than anyone else.

They should NOT be forced to stay in the classroom to finish seat work.

Kids learn a lot during recess.

It also improves their academic performance, as these schools in Texas have shown.

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An Early Warning Sign

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All kindergarten and first grade students should be screened for Phonological Awareness.

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Live Video Chats

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To share important information, Susan Barton holds Facebook Live Video Chats. Each is 6 to 7 minutes, and the response has been terrific. Since they were recorded, you can watch them now even if you do not use Facebook.

Chat #4: How to stop the guessing habit

Chat #5: When to read Uncontrolled books

To watch my first 3 chats, which include the 5 most important things teachers should do, click here.

Susan Barton will not be traveling to give talks on dyslexia this year. But she does coordinate a Speakers Bureau.

So if you need a speaker on dyslexia for a meeting or conference, a parent support group, or a teacher in-service training day, click here, fill out the form, and Susan Barton will put you in touch with the closest professional speaker who can meet your needs.

Susan Barton will be at the International Dyslexia Association's conference in Orlando, Florida from October 27 to 29 in booth # 600. Please stop by and say hello.

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A Dream Come True

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A Dream Come True
by Susan Barton

Most children with dyslexia LOVE reading books -- once they can read easily and accurately, as this mother shares.

My 13 year old daughter is severely dyslexic. She is getting one-on- one tutoring from a Certified Barton tutor and is near the end of Level 6.

My daughter now loves to read. She carries around books to read. She reads during breaks at school.

She reads before she goes to sleep. She begs us to buy books for her, and she is so happy to be reading. She even volunteers to read out loud at school from 7th grade textbooks and other materials -- and she's good at it.

She finally understands the amazing world of printed words, and it is a dream come true for us.

The Barton System and her tutor have been such a blessing to our family.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Claudia Vierra Allen, parent
El Sobrante, CA

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Focus On Their Strengths

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Now that school has started, it is too easy to focus solely on your child's academic struggles.

Parents, please spend as much time finding and developing their gifted areas as you do improving their reading and spelling skills.

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