He laughed that same laugh I heard earlier, and said, “Once I was out school and not expected to meet someone else’s standards, I came to teach my-self to read little by little over time. Now I am no Einstein, but I enjoy a good book especially mysteries. I still get tripped up but now it’s by the authors design and has no obvious consequences for the reader. Its adventurous but not in the way that my brother and I tried to adventure all those years ago.”
My mind started to consider his message in my own life. It raised some serious questions for me. I have been having difficulty learning to spell and write in school, and it is obvious to me my brothers do not share in this weakness. My questions start with my dyslexia, is it a weakness that Christ Jesus would use his power to help?
Months went by and Maggie had learned many Latin and Greek prefixes, roots, and suffixes and how they worked together to make word families. She became intrigued with exploring the possibilities of combining prefixes, roots, and suffixes. She would spend a good portion of her time at tutoring with a root and building lists of vocabulary that can be built from the prefixes, and suffixes she knew and that were compatible with the root. Maggie did this for some time, and started noticing these patterns in words she was seeing at school.
Conary’s teacher asked to talk with him after class that day. He went expecting to hear something about his poor performance, but he was pleasantly surprised by her assisting him in getting started on his project. With the template she had questions for Conary to answer from his knowledge she recorded these things win the appropriate places in the template. They then worked together on what Conary needed to know more about, and where he could go to get the information. She put all this together for him so that at home he would have the scaffolding to proceed with his project.
Much to Dustin’s amazement, his teacher smiled a huge smile, and patted him on the shoulder. “That was very well said young man. You stated your main idea and kept your details organized and connected so I could follow your thinking. Let me ask you this, which version did you think was better, your written report or the one you just told me?”