Teach Dyslexic Students to Read the Finnish Way!
How can a Dyslexic Reading Teacher HELP 95% of all at-risk students pass the EOG Reading Test? 10 Consecutive Years!
- 107 words make up over 50% of the words you read, speak and hear!
- 1,000 words make up 75-80% of the words you read, speak and hear!
- 2,000 words make up 80-90% of the words you read, speak and hear!
My diagnosis of severe dyslexia and dysgraphia was a sentence of low expectations from my family and almost all my teachers.
"Sean will never learn to read or write proficiently" Special Education Teachers, Gen Ed Teachers and my Parents.
Many students over the last 13 years have come back and said thanks, for not giving up on them, showing them that books are filled with magical stories and reading is possible and fun. I learned to read and overcame severe dyslexia because I wanted to read books like the Hatchet and The Cay, I had to find out what happened to Timothy and Phillip, if they were rescued. I wanted to read the Dungeons and Dragons books my uncle gave me, filled with monsters, magical lands and endless possibilities for my imagination. This world was closed to me for many years because I could not read! I spent so many years trying to learn to decode, I never understood what I was reading because all my concentration was on trying to understand the 44 phonemes. Sean Taylor The Dyslexic Reading Teacher
Raison d'etre is French for "reason for being," and students who can’t read feel they have no reason for being in school. Students will start thinking school is a prison and will behave and act institutionalized towards teachers, peers and academics. Students get more cynical when the gold stars lose their luster, and teachers' mendacity about their performance start showing through the
insight of their poor skills and inability to perform academic tasks. It’s a small death suffered every day by these students, as they see their dreams crashed on the rocks of reality. We ask students to come to school daily and give 100% to what they believe is an intolerable humiliation, and we get angry when they don’t smile and take school more seriously. We scratch our heads, wondering what we can do when half of our kids drop out of school. If students can’t read, every thing else is moot. Reading Boot Camp is not a
twenty day miracle; it’s a way of being a teacher. My raison d’erte is to never let a student pass through my class without teaching them to read period. Twenty days may not do the job; you may need forty or eighty to get the job done. We can use the One Star Fish analogy, but that sacrifices too many students to a devastating future. Students are not going to change unless we devise an effective way to change their outlook. The idea of doing nothing in
class for twenty days except reading may appear bizarre, ludicrous, like child abuse, impossible, or asinine; yet, it works for my kids. Students see it as perfectly logical and 'buy in' almost immediately when they see their reading progress or realize they can actually read. Give a child the most complex video game and they will go without food, sleep, bathing, and talking to master the first level. They will spend the next day, week, and month with the singular preoccupation to master the game.
Students don't drop out of high school at the age of 16 because they feel socially or academically lost... Students start dropping out of school in the first and second grade, just pretending they are students, when they can't read or write. Students pick up a litany of bad habits (coping mechanisms) from peers as a way to deal with the stress, fear, humiliation, and embarrassment of being a "Loser, Stupid, or Dumb". Students act institutionalized after twelve years of forced school participation (Failure). Always having to be on the defensive is a sure fire way to get burned out to drop out.
I spent most of my time in public school feeling dumb, embarrassed, scared, humiliated, lost, and stupid because of my severe dyslexia and dysgraphia! Sean Taylor
More to Come!
Teaching Dysgraphic Students to Write and Spell the Finnish Way!
"I finally learned to write words by learning cursive?!." Sean
Please take a moment and read about a Finnish model of teaching at-risk students!
The Literacy Model and Schedule I use the First 20 Days of School!