You Never Know Which Key Opens the Wardrobe to Narnia
Literacy Success Story Follow Up After Giovanni’s success story during a previous literacy lesson (see blog "Literacy Success Stroy), I continued to use the same strategy. I had him join a group, had him process the way he needed to- even talking to himself, but he was physically close enough to listen, and he even read parts out loud fluently when I pointed to the words for him.
The newest story results of his comprehension absolutely fascinated me. He drew all the animals involved in the story, had the perfect perspective of a mirrored image of the main character in a pond- advanced understanding that other students in his group did not show.This student understands much more than might be obvious. Results like this do not happen every day. Some days he seems to be too involved in his own world to join what we expect him to do. But seeing that he is capable of understanding and learning just challenges me to find more keys and more access points to his learning and thinking. I strongly believe it is us who need to try to connect with his style of learning rather than pushing a system on him that simply does not work for him. My learning from Movement Method has provided me with tools to have a great chance to access his way of thinking and help him grow.
Giovanni had a better understanding than the neuro typical student (see example below). He got the perspective right and had many more details.
Neuro Typical 5th Grade student representation:
Follow up email from parents: