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This exchange began 2 years ago and was posted on BeingDyslexic.co.uk  Community Forum. Please note the dates of each post in red

  

Posted 30 August 2009 - 07:45 AM

Hello everyone, 

I'm a first grade teacher in an inner city school and I have an unusual story to tell.Ten years ago I had a very bright (but very frustrated) student come into my 2nd grade classroom. I was warned early on that Miguel (not his real name) was a major behavior problem and was making no progress whatsoever in reading or writing.

 From day one I knew that my colleagues were not exaggerating. I tried every trick that I knew to get Miguel motivated and moving in the right direction, but nothing worked. As the year went on, Miguel could see the other children in the class making great progress in their reading and writing, yet here he was unable to decode even the simplest kindergarten readers.

 Needless to say his behavior went from bad to worse. Almost every day I actually had to have Miguel physically removed from the classroom by the school social workers - sometimes more than once. (To this day he is still the only child has ever punched me out of anger in the classroom.)

 Then one day, during the third quarter of the year, I was observing him in a small reading group. One of the children across from him got stuck on a passage and he leaned over to look at that student's book.

 He read the line perfectly to his classmates.... UPSIDE DOWN !!!!!

 I was totally taken back. I asked him to continue reading and he proceeded to finish the page.

 Working with him one on one, I encouraged him to read everything upside down. He intuitively knew that he had to start in the lower right corner of the right page and work his way backwards up the page!

 We began with the easiest books available, but he didn't want to read what he called "baby books". Within a week he was reading early 2nd grade books fluently and with better than usual understanding - all upside-down!

 I told the class how proud I was of him and that he was the "best upside-down reader I had ever seen". I even sent him to the principal to do a "cold read" on a grade level book, and she sat open-mouthed as he read the whole book perfectly - upside down!!

 His self-esteem soared...

 Miguel's behavior improved dramatically and he left my class in June reading "on level". The following Fall I received a call from his mother telling me how well Miguel was doing in school and that he had taught himself how to read right-side up.

 His mom called again the following year to tell me, once again, how well he was doing in school and thanking me for the work I had done with him.

 Can I explain how Miguel was able to do what he did? No, I can't.

 Was Miguel truly dyslexic or was this something completely different? Again, I don't know. But I do know that it worked for him and, in this case, the ends did justify the means.

 Almost ten years had gone by and I had almost forgotten about Miguel and his unique talent. Then, in January of this year, I discovered I had not one, but TWO boys with the same "talent".

 In addition, I found that one of these boys also WROTE upside-down ! But I'll save that story until my next posting.

 Teacherman

 

 

 

 

Posted 30 August 2009 - 09:22 PM

hi! im teeco!

hahahahahahahahaha!!!!! XD reading that brot back lots of memories! you are a great teacher! i knew from the start i could read better upside down, so when i red to my class upside down i thot it perfectly fine! but i will quote what my teacher said "reading upside down is a waist of time! lern it the rite way or you will be stuck upside down forever!" so she tore the book away and gave me a "baby book", of cource the kids laghed, i was in 3rd grade reading a kindergardeders book! and i red that 10 page book in a tiny bit over an hour when i was made to read it for homework. every word is a chalenge. so please be nice and keep letting your kids read upside down!

 

 

Posted 31 August 2009 - 05:05 PM

Hi Teeco,

Your story is a very sad one. That teacher did you, and herself, a tremendous disservice. Obviously, if you were reading upside down, you had to have known all of your letter sounds and most of the so-called sight words. You really did know how to read - but just not in the conventional way.

 I found that with the three boys in my classes who had this "talent" their reading levels soared immediately.

 But the most amazing thing is that less than one month after they started reading everything upside down, they started reading right side up - all on their own! All three can now read very well BOTH ways.

 It may not be too late. If I were you I'd start reading everything upside down and see what happens.

 Sincerely,

Teacherman

 

 

Posted 15 September 2009 - 08:22 AM

thanks for replying teacherman! yes, you are rite, i should start readingh more things upsidedown. it seems to me that wen i flip the book the words on the page dont move or disepear anymore, thats why i think some of us can read better upside down. and thank you also for the "so-called sight-words" you are a guy who truely gets all of this, and i hope people recognise this and thank you for it.

~teeco



Posted 18 September 2009 - 04:33 PM

Thanks Teecobug for at least giving it a try!!

 

I'm willing to bet (and I'm not really a betting man) that if you spent 10 minutes a day reading upside down you would see a huge jump in your fluency and understanding in a remarkably short time!

 

Please take me up on my bet - a friendly bet of course - and let me know how it goes..

 

Good luck !

Teacherman

 

 

Posted 20 September 2009 - 02:21 PM

hello again!

your on! it might even help me with my spelling to.

10 minuts a day sounds nice, not to long, not to short.

just wanted to say, if all teachers where like you, i wouldnt have so much trouble in school.

~teeco

 

 

Posted 02 October 2009 - 08:19 PM

anyway..... its working! i am reading much faster and it hasnt even been that long! you are briliant. thank you SO much teacherman!

~teeco

 

Almost two years later…in deviantART forum

Posted October 16, 2011 – 09:21 PM 

Hi Teecobug,

It was hard finding a way to get in touch with you. I had to join this forum just to be able to drop a note to you.

Remember the posts you made to the dyslexia.uk forum a couple of years ago? I suggested that you try reading everything upside down. You said you tried it and it seemed to work.

 

Did you continue?

Teacherman

 

 

Posted October 17, 2011 – 05:36 PMhey!

how are you? wow, it's been forever...

haha it's more then just a forum, its a whole world for art! it's amazing. not for everyone, but amazing for artists. you can find some really cool inspiring stuff on here.

yes! i'm sorry i have not been back, my life blew up...

it worked wonderfully, and even taught me how to spell. i am positive if you look back i spelled terribly, and now i rarely misspell anything! i no longer have to read upside down, or even backwards, its just sort of a skill now. dyslexia still plagues me, but i think it always will, it's not something to just go away. i have trouble connecting words to meanings, symbols to meanings, that crap. its hard. i forget how to read sometimes, it gets me teased a lot. but i can live with it. i found out i have C.A.P.D too, so i can't hear correctly. when i hear "hello, how are you?" i hear something like "how hello you are?". i have dyscalculia, so i have trouble with numbers. i'm basically screwed in the current way of the world. so i'm going to move to africa as soon as i can, so i can do what i love for the rest of my life.

haha sorry for ranting. i love words, and writing is my passion now.

 

thank you teacherman, it means a lot that you remember.

how has teaching gone? how are the children? can i help with any input?

thank you, again.



Posted October 24, 2011

 Teeco,

Can I use part of your last e-mail and your comments on Beingdyslexic on my PIreading web site??

 Teacherman

 

 

Posted October 25, 2011

hahaha of course! that would be awesome! i hope it helps a lot! ive been trying to log onto the dyslexia forum but its not working. ill get a new one tomorrow, right now im on the road and my starbucks stay is over.

 ~teeco 

 

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