This is an area of that makes me feel very guilty every time it is mentioned in the coursework.
I have been interested in dealing with dyslexia in mainstream classes. I have attended a number of workshops, read a number of up to date research papers and completed a research project through the Open University. But I got it very wrong.
When dealing with a P7 boy, who had been diagnosed as dyslexic in P3/4, I was determined that this was going to be my chance to put all my good ideas into practice. We worked well together, gave him the responsibility of being chairperson of the Eco-schools project, sent him to give presentations to groups such as PTA, local groups that might give funds, and to give regular updates to the whole school at assembly.
The assessment day came and he was in complete control and dealt with the assessors in a mannerly, friendly manner, keen to share his knowledge and desperate to let them know how hard everyone had worked. A superb report and congratulations to all!
On his way home he was approached by a classmate who didn't like the attention that had been given to the chairperson and a fight broke out. The next morning, confronted by angry parents the incident was investigated by management and the boy was stripped of his position of responsibility. When I spoke to him I couldn't see why such drastic action had been taken, why he was not allowed to make the announcement of the success to the whole school. Now I understand. He couldn't recall the sequence of events. So it was decided he was making it up as he was going along and I didn't realize what was going on. I let him down and he knows it. Dyslexia really can eat away at every area of life.