LMD 047: Timed Exams & Handwriting with Bill Hansberry

111Welcome to The Luvin My Dyslexia Podcast:

Today it is all about me! Actually, it is something that I am going through that many of our kids is going to face again and again this year and next year. I am going to be… in a three weeks time or maybe less to be sitting down for two hours and I am going to pick up that implement you use to write with, put my head down, bum up as far as I can do without lifting it from the chair and write! Now, just lifting it from a chair is interesting enough for me, I work at a stand-up desk so I am not even sure of the comfortability side of being able to sit for 2 hours. But that’s a totally different story. Now, I don’t think this is just a concern for dyslexic kids. I think it is also a concern for all kids because I guarantee you that there were many senior students three months ago sitting down to their exams pen and hand who actually hadn’t picked up a pen for three or four years. They’ve been using their devices to work with. So what I did,  I called a good mate of mine, Bill Hansberry from South Australia, a specialist dyslexic teacher to have a bit of a whinge or maybe I was just crying over his shoulder; I don’t know but this is our conversation and I hope it helps you because really it was like a therapy session for me.

Take Aways from this Episode:

Stephen:

I am currently a university student working to become a teacher because I wanted to. I am in a language and literacy course this year. At the end of this year, I am going to sit down for 2 hours in a room and handwrite an examination and the examination is going to be marked with my spelling and grammar.

Based on my research these are ways to help me on my spelling and grammar:

1. visual – does it look right?

2. phonological – does saying it slowly help?

3. morphemic – does breaking it into parts help?

4. etymological – does the word’s history help?

 

Bill:

Sally Shaywitz and Bennet Shaywitz – researchers based at the Center for Dyslexia and Creativity at Yale University. Sally wrote a great book called “Overcoming Dyslexia” and she is a very vocal advocate for giving people with dyslexia special provisions during timed exams.

She says, when you have dyslexia, your dyslexia robs you of time

  • because you have these subtle differences on how you process language
  • because your brain uses different and less efficient circuits for the processing of language, in speech nd writing and all that business you are robbed of time. giving people that extra time in timed exams gives some of that time back.
  • because your brain uses different and less efficient circuits for the processing of language, in speech and writing and all that business you are robbed of time.

Giving people that extra time in timed exams gives some of that time back.

Resources Mentioned:

Sally Shaywitz  Yale Center For Dyslexia & Creativity

Bennet Shaywitz 

Jennifer Buckingham – The Centre for Independent Studies

Overcoming Dyslexia – Sally Shaywitz

“When you have dyslexia, your dyslexia robs you of time” ~ Sally Shaywitz

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