My Experience With Reading And Writing

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Be You, Everyone Else is Taken One bad experience I had with reading was in my second grade. I was brand new to the class so I did not know anyone. We had to get into groups of three and take turns reading a book. It was my turn to read and I struggled on every word on the page. I could feel myself starting to sweat because I knew the other kids were judging me. The other two boys that were in my group laughed and said “Do you even know how to read?” At that very instant I knew that I would never get better at reading and I was always going to be the odd one out at school. I was afraid of going back to school after what happened to me on the first week of this new school. Mrs. Hattershide (my teacher) said that I would have to be in another class to get extra help with reading and writing until I was told I didn’t need it anymore. This “extra class” was called an IEP, which means Individuated Education Program. I came from a family that wasn’t very educated. My father dropped out of school in the 9th grade to pursue in being a garbage man. School was never his thing, as it was the same to me in my younger years. I have never met an adult as bad at spelling as my father is. He did not encourage reading towards any of my siblings and I because of the reason that he wasn’t good. It doesn’t mean that he is dumb, though. He still became successful. I guess you could say no one in my family is really outstanding academically. Being bad at reading and writing, (but mostly reading) made me think that I was never going to be successful in my future life. Five years later flew by; in the 7th grade I got taken out of my English class everyday because of my IEP, and my helper teacher helped me with whatever I needed. She read and explaine... ... middle of paper ... ...to him one on one and all he had to say to me was good things. He said, “Evie, you have made a huge progress this year. In fact, more than anyone else in this class. I am really proud of you.” I replied with a real smile this time and said, “Thank you Mr. Avery, I could not have done it without you, really. You have taught me so much. You definitely prepared me more for college English class.” Overall, I did not have the best positive relationship towards reading and writing, but it has made a huge impact in my life. If it wasn’t for all the struggles I went through and kept pushing through them; I would not be the person I am today. I now help my dad with reading and writing; mostly how to spell. I hope I can help young students in the near future that have an IEP just like I did; to let them know to always stay true to themselves, and do not let others control you.

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