Hello, and welcome to my blog. I am so excited to take you along my Independent Study journey. I will be studying how to build advocacy and support for students with learning differences.
In first grade, I was diagnosed with Dyslexia. For years I kept my Dyslexia a secret. I saw it as a learning disability that separated me from my classmates. However, after years of hard work and patience I see my learning difference as more of a super power. I have learned how to learn. I will never overcome my Dyslexia, but it’s true, that given the right tools, I have thrived as a student. Through my independent study, I hope to help kids like me succeed in school. I would like to explore the beauty of thinking differently, provide more resources for students, and create awareness of learning differences among faculty.
I will start my Independent Study by creating and sending out a “needs assessment survey” to faculty and students with learning differences. From there, I plan to conduct interviews with certain participants of the needs assessment. Expanding on my findings from the survey, I will research support tools and opportunities for students with learning differences through various source materials. After I have collected all my data, I will create a tools and information page on Veracross accessible to teachers. I will also report on my findings and suggestions to the faculty.
I have started creating my needs assessment questions and hope to send them out in the coming weeks.
I’m so excited to be on this journey with you, Allison!!!
Allison, it’s great to see this nutshell version of your plan. And I love the idea of dyslexia as a superpower! That’s what Greta Thunberg says (or maybe what others say) about her Aspberger Syndrome, isn’t it?