So this weeks theme is evaluations! I can sit in front of students from now until next June to tell them they are improving and they will never believe me… So they need to see it form themselves. The easiest way to do this apart from the evaluations we do at the end of the term where they ask themselves what has changed… what is easier.. what can they now do and so on – is to simply get them to bring in their work from this time last year! They will instantly see how much better they can now write – how much longer their answers are – Simply how much more they know!
Yes it is that easy to boast confidence – we always forget to go back and look where we have come from…it’s like going back and reading your old diaries to let you see the journey you have been on….This also ties in nicely with an earlier article I wrote on looking for your mistakes. We only get to know our mistakes when someone shows them to us. By knowing our common mistakes we can learn from them and most importantly for dyslexic spectrum students we can learn to look out for those ones! I know always look for “fro” in my emails – the spell checker never finds it for me – but I do 🙂
Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly