Monday, 8 April 2013

A Letter To My Teacher


I came across this touching and very meaningful post by Karen Janowski, Assistive & Educational Technology Consultant and blogger from the USA.  Reposted with permission from http://teachingeverystudent.blogspot.ca/2013/04/a-letter-to-my-teacher.html


Dear Teacher,

I want to learn

I want to be independent, but
Sometimes your curriculum is the disability.

When you give it to me in paper form, I can’t access it.
When text is digital, I can manipulate it. I can make it bigger, pick the right font, 
add more white space – it’s easier to read.

When text is digital, I can add a voice and listen to it.
I don’t have to struggle with reading each word.

Please don’t make me read outloud;
I work so hard to avoid humiliation.


Do you know,  I have great ideas…but I can’t get them down on paper?
Please give me another way to share them. Paper just doesn't work for me.

I need you to know……I’m  not stupid……I want to learn
You just have to remove the barriers for me.

I can’t read my own writing but there are other ways…..  
Give me other ways to show what I know.

I can’t sit still….so let me move.

Do you know, I really, really want to learn?

If you make videos of your instruction, I can review them at home….as often as I need to.
I want to learn
I want to be independent
Don’t put me on the bell curve, put me on the J- curve – it shows you want me to learn, too.
Will you teach me
                        Reach me
                                    Engage me                              

  in a way that works for me?
 

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