Patricia Polacco’s biography, Thank You Mr. Falker tells of her struggles as a student with undiagnosed dyslexia. She started school full of high hopes about learning to read. Her mother was a school teacher and her grandpa put a huge emphasis on the connection between reading and knowledge. Her first year of school was met with disappointment when she simply couldn’t figure out the letters. As time progressed students began to make fun of her, and she began to feel dumb. This little girl went from loving school to dreading it because her teachers did not realize that Patricia had a learning disability; however, in fifth grade, after she moved to California, she got a new teacher who finally took notice. Her teacher, Mr. Falker, recognized that Patricia had dyslexia, and told her that she was not the “dumb” girl she thought she was. He worked with her every single day building up her confidence and skills. After a while, she was finally able to read! Because this teacher invested in Patricia, he inspired her to go get her Ph.D and write children books!
It’s Called Dyslexia by Jennifer Moore- Mallinos is about a kinderg...
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These four books would be extremely beneficial for teachers to read because all four of them really highlight the critical role that teachers play in the success of a child with dyslexia. In every single book the child went through many teachers before one stopped to help. As teachers we have got to be aware of things like dyslexia because not addressing the student’s needs can lead to frustration, hopelessness, and low self-confidence. These books would also be a great thing to read to your class. In many of the books, the main character was made fun of for not being able to read; however, if your students are made aware of the fact that some people learn differently, but that it is okay, then they will be more understanding and might not harass students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
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