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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Widemire Smith

Teacher, Warrior, Mountain Climber

Teachers do not lay in bed awake at night worrying themselves sick over the students making A's in their classroom. They lay awake at night worrying about the kids, who's light bulbs can't seem to click on. Teachers worry themselves sick trying to find new ways to teach those kids. What if I told you the answer was simple? Learn about dyslexia.

Would this instantly overwhelm you? Would you feel inept? Would your response be, "I don't have time?"

If you're being honest, the answer is yes. And you'd be right. It can be overwhelming. It is time consuming. But so is losing sleep each night, year after year.

I want you to do one thing. Just one thing only today. Say this outloud, "I don't want to fail my dyslexic students anymore."

See where that takes your thoughts. Dwell on this for a few days. My guess? The heart of a warrior emerges. For what lies in the center of the heart of a true teacher is a mighty warrior.

That mighty warrior will proably say, "Screw it. I'm going to learn. Where do I start?"

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela

Amazon has an awesome documentary called, "Embracing Dyslexia." Start there.

The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity has great resources for teachers.

Sally Shaywitz, MD wrote an awesome book called, "Overcoming Dyslexia" that's amazing.

Find conferences in your area for CE credits, contact your state Decoding Dyslexia organizations. Each state has one, mine is Decoding Dyslexia Alabama, yours will be "Decoding Dyslexia _____. They will know where you can get CE's and kill two birds with one stone for your time.

If you're friends with me, reach out! I'll help you in anyway I can.

Take the first step, say, "No more. No more failing my dyslexic students." For they are in your classroom whether you know it or not #1in5.

#saydyslexia #thedworddiaryofadyslexic

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