Monthly Archives: June 2014

Esther Freud successful novelist is dyslexic

Just seen a fairly old article on the hugely successful novelist Esther Freud. Although the headline proclaimed her as lucien freud’s daughter she has carved out a wonderful career as a writer, including her first, in 1992, Hideous Kinky…which became a Kate Winslet film about her mother’s hippy adventures with her two daughters.

Anyway, the main thing which grabbed me is the fact that Esther is dyslexic and a (good) Famous writer.

Interestingly to me anyway, I gleaned that education was the key to her real learning development: it was by attending a progressive, non-pushy school (middle-class parents may be gnashing their teeth at this…sorry).

So, is there a link between educational experiences and being a successful human being? I could literally scream’Yes, of course’ to anyone not convinced. to me it seems obvious from a lived experience as a neurodiverse person alone – apart from the research on child development and on splds

This is clearly my own opinion above, but it’s set me off thinking yet again about what type of educational approaches support the child and adult’s well-being, excitement for and enhanced abilities and conditions for learning and true success…all comments and ideas welcome please :))

The first international Festival of Dyslexic Culture ends Dyslexia Awareness Week on Saturday, 8th November

hooray! the date is set:

Saturday, 8th November

the venue (London Metropolitan University*) is being prepared…

(*its where i work, running a range of dyslexia / SpLD professional courses in the FE & HE sectors)

We now have a small, effective organising team with loads of (creative, practical and do-able) ideas and a wealth of experience, so things are very much on track for the first Festival this November, timed to round-off Dyslexia Awareness Week

So, what are we doing? celebrating achievements & interests in music, comedy, film & video, technologies, academia, science, in dyslexia /SpLDs work, in the arts and much much more…

Interested?

Know someone who may be interested in coming along / taking part / volunteering on the day?

The date is Saturday, 8th November.

* the Festival will run from noon – 6.00pm

* this is followed by Evening Entertainment in the adjoining Rocket venue (comedy stars, music, bands and more) in the evening, 7pm – 10.30pm

* in addition, an Academic Symposium will run from 10.00am – 5.00pm
(with a two-hour break for delegates to eat but most importantly take in some of the art, workshops, vox pop, gaming, live performances – theatre, poetry, readings – and much more and get involved too)

the Festival website, Twitter, FB and link to buy tickets online is via the website:

Festival Website: http://www.festival-of-dyslexic-culture.org.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dysculture

please come along – and spread the word :))

many thanks,
annie

What’s the Best Thing about Being Dyslexic? (Raife)

What’s the Best Thing about Being Dyslexic?

Video 4

Here is a video of Raife, who kindly came in to help with filming of a number of trainee dyslexia tutors on the PGCert Teaching Adult Learners with Dyslexia / SpLDs in Further & Higher Education course at London Metropolitan University

The link to Raife, filmed April 2014 is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRVlzl8qCok

If YOU want to submit a short video, for this site and / or for the Festival of Dyslexic Culture then please just send to me.

Thank you, Annie.

 

What’s the Best Thing about Being Dyslexic? (Annie)

What’s the Best Thing about Being Dyslexic?

Video 3

Is that a question you are used to hearing?

Me, neither!

That’s why I asked a number of trainee specialist dyslexia tutors on the PGCert Teaching Adult Learners with Dyslexia / SpLDs in Further & Higher Education course (who are themselves neurodiverse) just that question…

As their course leader, it seemed only fair that I did the same, so here is the link to my video, filmed April 2014:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqHn0vurOiU

If YOU want to submit a short video for this site and / or for the Festival of Dyslexic Culture (which was subsequently held at LondonMet in November 2014) then just send it in to me.

Thank you.

Happy viewing, happy positive thinking!

What’s the Best Thing about Being Dyslexic? (Joan)

What’s the Best Thing about Being Dyslexic?

(Video 2)

This is NOT a question most people with dyslexia / SpLDs are used to hearing, wouldn’t you agree?

Which is why a number of trainee dyslexia tutors on the PGCert Teaching Adult Learners with Dyslexia / SpLDs in Further & Higher Education course at London Metropolitan University course (who are themselves neurodiverse) were asked just that question…

Here is the link to Joan, filmed April 2014:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3TlCTbBRi4

If YOU want to submit a short video, for this site and / or for the Festival of Dyslexic Culture then please send to me.   Many thanks, annie.

The Dyslexia Toolbox

hello…  News just in of a new APP called ‘The Dyslexia Toolbox’

http://attraining.org/atdaily/2014/06/02/dyslexia-toolbox-on-the-app-store-on-itunes/

  • Have you tried this APP?
  • Is it useful?

Sounds intriguing –  must get it on my iPad NOW!

all feedback gratefully received, especially as I am always talking about the need for every Specialist Dyslexia Tutor to have their own individual Tool Kit.  This is a Tool Box for the learner – if its useful to our learners, then i’m sure that tutors will want  to use it too.

:))

The Fonz says hi to young people with dyslexia

The Fonz is dyslexic! THE MAN THAT INVENTED COOL IS DYSLEXIC..
well, of course he is!

Here is a message for ‘Young Dyslexics’ from the one and only Mr @hwinkler4real !!

See the video:

http://tinyurl.com/o6wr54g

Did you also know that he has written a hugely successful series of children’s books?

Here is a link to a recent article on his inspiration (being dyslexic) and the hero of his books (a boy with dyslexia)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/hay-festival/10850637/Henry-Winkler-I-love-acting-but-I-am-proudest-of-my-books.html

now, what was the Fonz’s signature expression? wish i could remember :))

the joy of dyslexia, hmmm?
Happy Days,
annie