Module 2 – Dyslexic Strengths

– It’s like a superpower in a way, because you can see things
that other people can’t. You see the bigger picture. – I’m better at hockey
because I know where to stand in the pitch, because I can
understand the game better. – I really like making my own stories. – I love storytelling
and I love communication. – I was always very
good a creative writing. – I always make my own
songs up in my head. – Actually I’m a rapper, so I then express myself while rapping. – I’d quite like to be a pop star. – I’m so lucky because I always
knew I wanted to be an actor and I get to do this for a living. – As a child I dreamt
of being a scientist. – One of my strengths is maths. – I like building little robots and lots of different things. – Just remember that you’re
different and it’s a good thing. – We talk a lot about
how a dyslexic learner is not made for the traditional classroom, they’re made for the world. And it’s because they
see things differently. – Working with dyslexic children, you see that their minds
work in very diverse ways. They’re able to see the world
in a way that we are not. – The strengths they have are incredible, the way they can think around things, the ability to see the big picture. – They are problem solvers. They are outside-the-box thinkers. Because they process
information differently, they’re able to see things
from different angles. – Many dyslexics are also very good at visualizing the big picture, thinking through multiple
steps and seeing connections, almost a symphony of ideas
that they can bring together. – Dyslexics are exceptionally
curious learners, they’re eager to explore. If you tell a dyslexic that
something is done in one way they will find three,
four, or five other ways to demonstrate that exact same skill. – Some of the greatest innovations, some of the greatest
breakthroughs in our history have come out of a dyslexic mind’s refusal to just accept the status quo. – They ask why constantly,
which is fun in the classroom. They don’t just take
information for what it is. They want to know why, they
want to know the background, they want reason for it. – Dyslexics tend to be very creative and very good at imagining new ideas. They tend to be innovators,
they tend to be entrepreneurs, the game changers in our
world that disrupt industries, that provide solutions
that we didn’t even know that we needed or to solve problems we didn’t even know we had. – I may give certain instructions and am expecting a certain outcome but with my dyslexic
kids I can never predict what they’re going to come up with and it always outshines my expectations. – Some dyslexic learners can actually think three dimensionally. They can move parts around in their heads so that they can understand
how in physical space things are connected. This is going to be the child
who is very good at Legos, that can put things together. It might be the child
that takes paperclips and folded pieces of paper and an eraser and suddenly makes an
entire city out of it. It might also be the child
who when you put them on the stage they suddenly come to life and they have this physical presence where they can move their body in a way that really expresses something. They also could be the child
that on the sports field seems to have this premonition of how things are going to work. The child that can predict
where the ball is going to go or know to move left when
everyone else moves right because they understand
that that’s how the play is going to come about. – They’re able to understand
themselves in a way that, of course, helps
them in the classroom and outside the classroom,
but they’re also empathetic and understanding towards others. They’re able to make
connections with others, so they’re wonderful friends,
they’re compassionate and they’re just really
excited to be around others. – They tend to have
wonderful relationships and be able to take ideas
and communicate things in ways that really
resonate with other people. So despite the fact that they
might have a difficult time with the written word and
despite the fact they might have a difficult time trying
to take their ideas and putting them on paper,
dyslexics tend to be very, very verbal individuals and they tend to be very
comfortable in that space. That’s where they tend to thrive. So at the same time
these are kids that go on to be politicians and
great orators and actors, amazing and accomplished
writers and authors. Throughout history, and even today, some of the most popular writers
in the world are dyslexic, and that’s because they
have an amazing command of our language, they have
an amazing command of words. – In the classroom dyslexic
students really need an opportunity to shine
with their imagination and their creativity. If you want them to be inside the box, they’re not going to be. – So many of our dyslexic students are incredibly imaginative. They are daydreamers but,
of course, with dyslexics they’re thinking of so
many different things in their mind and coming up
with so many creative ideas. – I see a child who’s
looking out of the window because they’re thinking
about what you’ve said. They’re processing it and
they’re going to give you an incredible answer in a minute when they’ve worked out
how they’re going to say it. They’re thinking about what you’ve said and probably linking it to something you haven’t even thought of. – It’s something that we
need to help them understand. When is it appropriate? How do we work with them to cultivate that so that we don’t diminish really that truly amazing capability while also making sure that they do meet the expectations of the classroom? – If you are giving an assignment,
I think you need to think of those creative brains
and how can they best show what they know. – They like to think. We need to give them time to do that. Dyslexic people like to
think, they like to think about what you’ve asked
them and they need time to give you the answer. But they’re often thinking because they’re good thinkers and they’re going to give
you something amazing in their response. – Don’t just limit it to
multiple choice answers or a quiz or a test on paper. How can you as an educator get
out the information from them in the way that best suits their brain? – People talk about computers being the 4th Industrial Revolution. They can do all the linear thinking. They can do the things
that are the barriers. A computer can’t think
laterally around a problem. A computer can only generate
the data it’s being given and you need that neurodiversity, you need that dyslexic
brain to be able to see that bigger picture. – Without question dyslexics
bring amazing opportunities to the workforce and really when we think about the 21st Century and what it holds and the demands on the jobs of tomorrow, dyslexics are going to thrive
and bring so much to that. – We recently produced a report with EY that looked at how important
dyslexic thinking skills are for the future. They actually looked at the research that the World Economic Forum
had done around how skills are changing and artificial intelligence is completely transforming the skills map that employers are looking for. They then took those
skills and mapped them directly across dyslexic thinking skills, and there’s a complete match. So we know how hugely important it is that educators right now
are looking for those skills and enabling and nurturing them. – I think it’s vital
that teachers are trained about dyslexics because
the world is changing and imagination is key to everything, and there’s going to be a lot of
kids whose potential are lost unless we train our teachers
to effectively teach them.

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  2. I hope that the educaters around world see this video and think about how they can make changes to their education system to train teachers to be able to teach this exceptional group of creative and innovative genaretions differently.

  3. Thank you your videos are helping me see my full. Potential these things are what I do I will slove another way to solve a math problem and blow my math teachers mined away. I’m also at the top of my exploring technology class which is blueprints and construction which is really surprising and I got thrown in this class because my teacher said I had to go on locally developed and there’s only one time to do that class so they throw me in the exploring technology for grade 9 and who knew I would be the best in the class

  4. Watching this gives me confidence. I’m an adult now and still, I have difficulties in some things. I’m always in the creative side. You might put me in a box but my mind will always comes out, it always wanders.

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