Another great post from Rick Kubina
People we care for can struggle when learning. Sometimes those challenges rise to a level signaling deep concern. A student who cannot read, for instance, will have very limited career avenues not to mention limited participation in much of what our technological society has to offer. What can we do?
For starters, potential solutions will result from how a teacher views learning. Unfortunately, all too often the learner is blamed for the failure. Convenient labels communicate the problem resides within the student themselves and the teacher must fix the learner. As an example, auditory processing disorder states a person cannot process information auditorily like other people do. The disorder means the person has difficulty with sounds that compose speech. Fixing the underlying speech processing mechanism then would lead to improved academic performance. The following example illustrates the line of reasoning applied to a math problem.