So...I was tutoring late into the evening last night and I came across a 'eureka moment'.
My tutee is dyslexic and has scotopic sensitivity syndrome so wears green tinted glasses, (SSS is a sensitivity to light, making black lettering on white extremely difficult to read as it moves about & sometimes floats off the page altogether! My daughter also has this - IF ANYONE WANTS MORE INFO PLEASE ASK!!) Anyway...back to the story .
We were playing a literacy game which consisted of using translucent (but strongly coloured) counters round a board to guess 'silent letters' in words. My tutee kept putting the counters directly on top of the words, then I would move them off as I couldn't see the word underneath - then he would move his counter and put it directly on top of the word again, then I would move it off & so on! Eventually I asked, 'Can you see the word underneath the counter?' 'Of course!' he replied. I couldn't believe it & tested him with 2, then 3 counters on top of the word AND with his green filter glasses on! He could still read any word I put the counters over, and if 3 counters were put on a word I couldn't even make out that there were any letters there - far less read the word! It was then that it hit me -
as teachers we teach as WE SEE THINGS -
NOT TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THAT OTHER'S SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY!
We rarely take the time to ask children what they ACTUALLY see; presuming that it is the same as us! Well....it's not! When I tried it on my daughter later (who wears purple tinted glasses), she agreed that by covering the word with the counter it actually HIGHLIGHTED not OBSCURED the word! Fascinating! And a big learning curve for me as a teacher AND a parent!
As an aside......after our tutoring session this morning I asked my daughter how she was finding it after nearly 3 weeks of being taught by mum, she cheekily said, 'The teaching bit is really good, I am learning a lot and you are patient, you just need to work on the mum bit, cos you're not nearly as patient as mum!'