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Monday, September 19, 2005


John Burke

I have the same problem. I believe we are prone to dyslexia because are two eyes are in a horizontal plane the same plane in which we write. If I rotate the page on the diaganal slightly and read. My inner voice is a lot more staccato ie syllables are a lot more defined.

In the UK we have a lot of trucks on the roads with the Name "Archbold" scribed across the back. For years I incorrectly read "Archibold". It was only when I was overtaking such a truck with the name written down the site did I notice the "i".

Nancy A. Somnitz

Dear Sir,
I too am dyslexics. I was lucky, my mother caught what I was doing before I entered third grade. I too had no expectations. I was not expected to graduate for high school. I did. I went on to college, a coop college. I was hoping to be a chemist, but the math really caught up with me. Also we were still in the age of slide rules, I could not read them acurately. Nor could I really understand how they worked.
I changed my major, still in education, trained to be a elementary teacher. Went back to school to learn why my kids were having difficulty learning to read. It was much faster that way than doing my own research and teaching too.
Yes we do learn differently. In my class room I encouraged different learning styles. I finished my career teaching in the high school in an urban setting.
We are leaving kids behind with the mandated testing. Kids that can not or will not pass or even take the tests are pushed out, or just lost through suspensions, absents etc.
Glad you succeeded.
Sincerely, Nancy A. Somnitz


how did you overcome dyslexia

Philip Egan

Dear DR John R. Horner.
I too have dyslexia. Thoughout school I was never good at subjects, failing most of them. Many teacher's believed that I would amount to nothing more then a labour. I went back to college as a mature student. I wanted to prove to people that nothing is imposible. It was in college that my dyslexia was noticed. I graduated with a BSC (2:1) and a MSC (2.1). I would one day like to study a pHd but feel that I dont know enough about the area i want to study in, even though i have two degrees.
Can you answer some questions for me:
What were you like going to school i.e were you able to take in the information?
Did you know what was going on in class?
Did it take you long to complete your pHd?
How did you overcome teaching/speaking in public places and write books?
Well done with your success.
Their are many students in the world that have dyslexia but dont realise how intelligence they are and I strongly believe that its people like you who we need to give them encouragment and confidence.
Kind regards

Jack Horner

Hi Phil Egan, Congratulations on your degrees. Here are my answers to your questions:

Did you know what was going on in class?

No, not really, I got some of it, but usually teachers spoke too fast for me to pick up the information they thought was important, so I picked up the information I thought would be most useful for my quest to be a paleontologist.

Did it take you long to complete your pHd?

I don't have a PhD or any other degree. i only have a high school diploma.

How did you overcome teaching/speaking in public places and write books?

Public speaking took a great deal of practice because I have to know what I'm talking about since I can't read from a script or memorize. As for teaching, I teach socratically asking more questions than giving answers. You have to know a lot, but you don't have to read or memorize anything. Mostly you have to be creative. As for writing, I find it much easier than reading, as long as I have a good editor. And, as I tell my students, if you are writing about a subject no one else knows about because its a new field, you don't have to have read anyone else's stuff.


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