characteristics of a mediated learning experience: What is the difference between the interaction of MLE and “regular” teaching? Are not teachers or pcharacteristics of a mediated learning experience: What is the difference between the interaction of MLE and “regular” teaching? Are not teachers or parents mediators by definition of their roles?Read more at location 1535
answering this question, we shall examine the differences between the two forms of interaction—the mediational role and the “teaching/parenting” interaction.Read more at location 1537
The mediator stations him- or herself between the stimulus (S) and the response (R) in such a way that the learner is given the necessary tools to cope with the stimulus and is able to interact with the stimulus gradually (for example, by incrementally raising the level of difficulty of the task or regulating the quantity of data presented to the learner).Read more at location 1539
The mediational interaction is designed to increase the mediatee’s learning ability and the modifiability. The teaching or parenting role, on the other hand, aims at transmitting as many skills and as much knowledge and information as possible,Read more at location 1543
criterion for the success of the mediational interaction experience is the modifiability of the learner and his or her ability to be an independent learner. The regular teaching or parenting interaction measures its success by means of the learner’s level of achievement in tests or mastery of specific tasksRead more at location 1546
the mediator brings the learner to the task, directs activity toward the solution, creates conditions that allow the learner to arrive independently at the correct answer, encourages successes, and reinforces feelings of competence. The mediator prevents the learner from making mistakes and builds learning situations that are intended for success.Read more at location 1551
the teacher or parent focuses on bringing the material to the learner, correcting incorrect responses, covering as much material as possible, and producing correct answers or positive responses, and does not necessarily (or overtly) focus on the processes (strategies) used to arrive at them.Read more at location 1554
The structuring of the learner’s inclination to generalize and to transfer the knowledge acquired to a new situation constitutes a central objective of learning. This subgoal, which is often neglected in many programs, is achieved mainly through the creation of an insight in learners about their thinking processes and giving them immediate opportunities to put them into practice. The mediator/teacher is not content to simply direct learners to arrive at the solution of the certain problem, but helps them to understand the thinking process they have gone through in order to arrive at the solution. The mediator analyzes the process with the learners, makes them conscious of it, and also enables them to arrive at the insight: “Ah, ha! I can use the method I used here in another place.
must teach our children how to learn.Read more at location 2831 •
speaking, if the environment does not require the person to be modified but adapts itself to him or her—what has been called an autoplastic response—meaningful and sustained change will not occur.Read more at location 2861
providers of MLE such as teachers, parents, childcare workers, and therapeutic support personnel (such as psychologists, social workers, speech and language therapists, occupational and physical therapists, etc.) can be trained to identify appropriate applications of mediation and apply them to meet the needs of students, children, and clients.Read more at location 2931
neural system is modified by the behavior, no less than the behavior is determined by the neural system.Read more at location 2988
When we provide behavioral models for the developing learner, we activate neural circuits in the brain that in turn further activate other cortical functions.Read more at location 3067
there is now clear evidence that this mechanism is enhanced by repetitive actions that stimulate imitative learningRead more at location 3068
The brain sees what the actor (the mediator) is doing, and then understands why the actor is doing it. It is now becoming clear that this occurs in a very integral way, processed in the neural system. It can thus be concluded that the intention of the actions can be conveyed, processed, and the mechanism is the selective activation of the mirror neuron system. The new research is showing (cf., Iacoboni et al., 2005) that what is mirrored is not only the meaning of the actions (observed) but also the understanding of other’s intentions.Read more at location 3078
New experiences allow the brain to alter existing structures or form new connections to increase functional potential (e.g., increase synaptic density). It is proposed that new experiences are entered into short-term memory and that this sets off a chain of neurochemical and electrical stimulations that effect deeper and more long-term structural changes—what some have termed a neural echo. Ultimately, existing pathways are altered or new ones are formed. Plasticity allows the brain to rebuild connections that are interrupted or underdevelopedRead more at location 3094
The implications are that we can no longer act as though we are not responsible for what happens to the student. We cannot say that we are confronted with things that are immutable, therefore we must ask how can we change them. We are, as human beings, given the responsibility and power to correct the limitations placed on our students by genetic inheritance, accident, or environment.Read more at location 3115
Education should follow the basic contention that human beings can be modified and should be modified, and made able to be more responsive and effective in their environments.Read more at location 3136
How do we best create in the student or individual conditions that enable the expression of a different gene or use of another brain pathway than has been used until now?Read more at location 3138
the best summary we can make of this potential to intervene and change the nature of human potential is to reiterate the concept of the triple ontogeny of human development that was addressed in Chapter 4
human beings are not determined only by their biological natures, by their chromosomes, or by their histories of experience in their cultures, their states of deprivation or enhancement. A third ontogeny, mediated learning experience, is needed to fully manifest and materialize the potential for human development....more
But when the grace of meekness gets dominion in the soul, it alters the temper of it, submits it to management; and now the wolf dwells with the lamb,But when the grace of meekness gets dominion in the soul, it alters the temper of it, submits it to management; and now the wolf dwells with the lamb, and the leopard lies down with the kid, and a little child may lead them; for enmities are laid aside, and there is nothing to hurt or destroy. Isa. 11:6, 9.
the easy and quiet submission of the soul to His whole will, according as He is pleased to make it known, whether by His word or by His providence.
the silent submission of the soul to the word of God: the understanding bowed to every divine truth, and the will to every divine precept; and both without murmuring or arguing.
the silent submission of the soul to the providence of God, for that also is the will of God concerning us.
When the events of Providence are grievous and afflicting, displeasing to sense and opposing our worldly interests, meekness not only quiets us under them, but reconciles us to them; and enables us not only to bear, but to receive evil as well as good at the hand of the Lord; the 56th Psalm, the title of which, some think, speaks of his calm and submissive spirit when the Philistines took him in Gath. It is entitled, The Silent Dove Afar Off. It was his calamity that he was afar off, but he was then as a silent dove—mourning perhaps, Isa.38:14—but not murmuring, not struggling, not resisting,
The language of this meekness is that of Eli, "It is the Lord;" and that of David to the same purport, "Here am I; let Him do to me as seems good to Him." Not only, He can do what He will, subscribing to His power, for who can stay His hand? or, He may do what He will, subscribing to His sovereignty, for He gives not account of any of His matters; or, He will do what He will, subscribing to His unchangeableness, for He is of one mind, and who can turn Him? but, Let him do what He will, subscribing to His wisdom and goodness, as Hezekiah, "Good is the word of the Lord, which you have spoken." Let Him do what He will, for He will do what is best; and therefore if God should refer the matter to me, says the meek and quiet soul, being well assured that He knows what is good for me better than I do for myself, I would refer it to Him again: "He shall choose our inheritance for us."
meek and quiet spirit acquiesces in an assurance that all things shall work together for good to us, if we love God, though we cannot understand how or which way.
the work and office of meekness is to enable us to prudently govern our own anger when at any time we are provoked, and to patiently bear the anger of others, that it may not provoke us.
The office of meekness is to keep reason upon the throne in the soul as it ought to be; to preserve the understanding clear and unclouded, the judgment untainted and unbiased in the midst of the greatest provocations, so as to be able to set every thing in its true light, and to see it in its own color, and to determine accordingly; as also to keep silence in the court, that the "still small voice" in which the Lord is, as He was with Elijah at mount Horeb, may not be drowned by the noise of the tumult of the passions.
advice—Mishma, Dumah, Massa; the signification of which is, hear, keep silence, bear. Hear reason, keep passion silent, and then you will not find it difficult to bear the provocation.
The work of meekness is to calm the spirit, so as that the inward peace may not be disturbed by any outward provocation.
Meekness preserves the mind from being ruffled and discomposed, and the spirit from being unhinged by the vanities and vexations of this lower world. It stills the noise of the sea, the noise of her waves, and the tumult of the soul;
Meekness will curb the tongue, and "keep the mouth as with a bridle" when the heart is hot. Even when there may be occasion for a keenness of expression, and we are called to rebuke sharply—cuttingly, Titus 1:13—yet meekness forbids all fury and indecency of language, and every thing that sounds like clamor and evil-speaking.
Men in a passion are apt to reveal secrets, to make rash vows and resolutions, which afterwards prove a snare, and sometimes to slander and belie their brethren, and bring railing accusations, and so do the devil's work; and to speak that "in their haste" concerning others, Psalm 116:11, of which they afterwards see cause to repent.
law of Christ forbids us to provoke one another, unless it is "to love and good works;" and enjoins us to "bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."
better say nothing than say that which is provoking. When our hearts are hot within us, it is good for us to keep silence, and hold our peace:
we have been often the worse for our speaking, but seldom the worse for our silence.
yielding pacifies great offenses. Eccl. 10:4.
A needful truth spoken in anger may do more hurt than good, and offend rather than satisfy.
we have a righteous God, to whom, if in a meek silence we allow ourselves to be injured, we may commit our cause, and having his promise that He will "bring forth our righteousness as the light, and our judgment as the noonday," we had better leave it in His hands than undertake to manage it ourselves, lest that which we call clearing ourselves, God should call quarreling with our brethren.
we do thus control our tongues out of a pure regard to peace and love, it will turn to a good account, and will be an evidence for us that we are Christ's disciples, having learned to deny ourselves.
A soft answer is the dictate and dialect of that wisdom which is from above, which is peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated;
will be also a good evidence of our being forgiven of God, if we are ready to forgive those that have offended us; and such yielding pacifies great offenses. Meekness teaches us, as often as we trespass against our brother, to "turn again and say, I repent."
Quietness is the evenness, the composure and the rest of the soul, which speaks both the nature and the excellency of the grace of meekness.
That peace of conscience which Christ has left for a legacy to his disciples, that present sabbatism of the soul which is an earnest of the rest that remains for the people of God, is called "quietness and assurance forever," and is promised as the effect of righteousness.
serve a good Master, whose "Yoke is easy:" it is not only easy, but sweet and gracious, so the word signifies; not only tolerable, but amiable and acceptable. Wisdom's ways are not only pleasant, but pleasantness itself, and all her paths are peace.
Quietness is recommended as a grace which we should be endued with, and a duty which we should practice.
we must keep our spirits sedate and undisturbed, and evidence by a calm and even and regular behavior that they are so. This is quietness.
Peace in our own souls is some conformity to the example of the God of peace, who, though He does not always give peace on this earth, yet evermore "makes peace in his own high places."
quietness of spirit is the soul's stillness and silence from intending provocation to any, or resenting provocation from any with whom we have to do.
We must be quiet as the air is quiet from winds.
"they are glad because they are quiet; so He brings them to their desired haven."
meekness makes these wars to cease, breaks the bow, cuts the spear, sheathes the sword, and in the midst of a contentious world preserves the soul from being the seat of war, and makes peace in her borders.
if we would but more support and exercise the authority of our graces, and guide and control the power of our passions.
Thus a quiet soul, if provoked by the denial or loss of some earthly comfort or delight, quiets itself, and does not fret at it, nor perplex itself with anxious cares how to live without it, but composes itself to make the best of that which is.
A child newly weaned is free from all the uneasiness and disquietude of care and fear and anger and revenge: how undisturbed are its sleeps, and even in its dreams it looks pleasant and smiling. How easy its days; how quiet its nights. If put into a little sulk now and then, how soon it is over, the provocation forgiven, the sense of it forgotten, and both buried in an innocent kiss. Thus, if ever we would enter into the kingdom of heaven, we must be converted from pride, envy, ambition, and strife for precedency, and must become like little children.
We are more than conquerors; that is, triumphers: we live a life of victory; every day is a day of triumph to the meek and quiet soul.
Next to the beauty of holiness, which is the soul's agreement with God, is the beauty of meekness, which is the soul's agreement with itself.
He that in righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, that is, in Christian meekness and quietness of spirit, "serves Christ, is acceptable to God and approved of men."
"Yes, all of you be subject one to another:" that explains what meekness is; it is that mutual yielding which we owe one to another, for edification and in the fear of God.
"It is a resolution never to decline any evil of pain, when the choosing of it, and the exposing of ourselves to it, is the only remedy against a greater evil."
True courage is such a presence of mind as enables a man rather to suffer than to sin; to choose affliction rather than iniquity; to pass by an affront though he lose by it, and be hissed as a fool and a coward, rather than engage in a sinful quarrel.
those who are a burden and a terror to others, will not be much otherwise to themselves.
"Great peace have they" that love this law of love, for "nothing shall offend them."
Whatever offense is intended, it is not so interpreted, and by that means peace is preserved.
A meek and quiet Christian lives very comfortably, for he enjoys himself, he enjoys his friends, he enjoys his God, and he puts it out of the reach of his enemies to disturb him in these enjoyments.
"delight themselves in the abundance of peace;"
We may certainly have—and we should do well to consider it—less inward disturbance, and more true ease and satisfaction, in forgiving twenty injuries than in avenging one.
The greatest provocations that men can give would not hurt us if we did not, by our inordinate and foolish concern, come too near them.
The days of old age would not be such evil days if old people did not, by their own frowardness and unquietness, make them worse than otherwise they would be.
The quietness of the spirit will help to suppress depression;
is the excellency of meekness, that it turns our enemies into friends,
that which ought to be our constant concern, that whenever our Master comes, we may "be found of Him in peace,"
every little failure need not be criticized, but rather should be passed by; or if the fault must be reproved and corrected, may it not be done without so much noise and clamor? Is this the product of a meek and quiet spirit? Is this the best badge of your authority you have to put on?
please learn to govern yourselves, and do not disorder your own souls under pretense of keeping order in your families; for though you yourselves may not be aware of it, yet it is certain that by those indications of your displeasure which transgress the laws of meekness, you do but render yourselves contemptible and ridiculous, and rather prostitute than preserve your authority.
Hannah's meekness and quietness was in some degree lacking, when she fretted and wept, and would not eat; but prayer composed her spirit;
It is for lack of meekness that we are so impatient of contradiction in our opinions, desires, and designs, that we must have our own saying, right or wrong, and everything our own way; that we are so impatient of competitors, not enduring that any should stand in our light, or share in that work of honor which we would engross to ourselves; that we are so impatient of contempt, so quick in our apprehension and resentment of the least slight of affront,
willfully doing anything to disquiet others—slandering, backbiting, whispering, talebearing, or the like, is too plain an evidence that we are not ourselves rightly disposed to be quiet.
If we lay the word of God before us for our rule, and will be ruled by it, we shall find the command of God making meekness and quietness as much our duty as they are our ornament.
"Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth—seek meekness."
prescribed for the attainment of meekness is to seek it. Ask it of God, pray for it: it is fruit of the Spirit, it is given by the God of all grace, and to Him we must go for it. It is a branch of that wisdom which he that lacks must ask of God, and it shall be given him. The God we address is called "the God of patience and consolation;" and He is the God of consolation because the God of patience—for the more patient we are, the more we are comforted under our afflictions—and as such we must look to Him when we come to Him for grace to make us "like-minded," that is, meek and loving one towards another, which is the apostle's errand at the throne of grace.
God's probabilities are better than the world's certainties;
the meek ones of the earth that hope in His mercy, and can venture their all upon an intimation of His good will, shall find to their comfort, that when God brings a flood upon the world of the ungodly, He has an ark for all his Noahs, His resting, quiet people, in which they shall be hid, it may be, from the calamity itself, at least from the sting and malignity of it—"HID," as Luther said, "either in heaven or under heaven, either in the possession or under the protection of heaven."
study these graces, which put such a luster upon holiness, and recommend it to those that are without, as beloved, beloved of God, beloved of man, beloved of your ministers: for love's sake, put on meekness. What winning, persuasive rhetoric is here! enough,
this shows that the fear of man gives greater check to their passion than the fear of God. Our rule is to be meek towards all,
We must "study" to be quiet, that is, study not to disturb others, nor to be ourselves disturbed by others: be ambitious of this, as the greatest honor,
"Let him that will, ascend the tottering seat Of courtly grandeur, and become as great As are his mounting wishes: as for me, Let sweet repose and rest my portion be. ———Let my age Slide gently by, not overthwart the stage Of public action, unheard, unseen, And unconcerned, as if I never had been."
to the disturbing and clouding of the soul. Compose yourselves to this holy rest;
To study the are of quietness is to take pains with ourselves, to have in our own hearts the principles, rules, and laws of meekness; and to furnish ourselves with such considerations as tend to the quieting of the spirit in the midst of the greatest provocations.
against all that which is ruffling and discomposing. Christians should, above all studies, study to be quiet, and labor to be motivated by an even spirit under all the unevenness of Providence, and remember that one good word which Sir William Temple tells us the prince of Orange said he learned from the master of his ship, who, in a storm, was calling to the steersman, "Steady, steady." Let but the hand be steady and the heart quiet, and though our passage be rough, we may weather the point, and get safe to the harbor.
the more we have of faith towards God, the more we shall have of meekness towards all men.
Every word has an air of meekness, and a tendency to peace.
We then "walk worthy of the vocation with which we are called," when we walk "in all lowliness and meekness."
we must, without meditating any revenge, quietly commit our cause to God, who will, sooner or later, clear up our innocence as the light, which is promised in Psa. 37:5, 6; and therefore "do not fret," but wait patiently; "cease from anger, and forsake wrath."
When reproaches provoke our passions, which excite us to render bitterness for bitterness, we thereby lose the comfort and forfeit the honor and reward which the divine promise has annexed to the reproach of Christ; and shall we suffer so many things in vain? We also thereby give occasion to those who had spoken evil of us falsely, to speak evil of us truly;
He who is master of his own passions has the sweetest and surest peace.
if we be troubled on every side, yet not distressed; perplexed, yet not in despair, 2 Cor. 4:8, 9; offended by our fellow-servants, but not offending our Master; reproached by our neighbors, but not by our own consciences—this is like Zion's peace, peace within the walls.
Lord, deliver me from that ill man, my own self, and then I am safe enough.
Whatever we lose, we shall not lose our peace, if we do but keep our integrity;
Let us believe that in times of agitation and alarm our strength is to sit still, in a holy quietness and composure of mind: "this is the rest with which you may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing;" and it is enough.
It is a very quieting truth—the Lord help us to mix faith with it—that every creature is that to us, and no more, that God makes it to be; and that while many seek the ruler's favor, and more perhaps fear the ruler's displeasure, every man's judgement proceeds from the Lord. Would we but more closely observe, and readily own the hand of God in that which disquiets and provokes us, surely, though we regarded not man, yet, if we had any fear of God before our eyes, that would reconcile us better to it, and suppress all intemperate and undue resentments. In murmuring at the stone, we reflect upon the hand that throws it, and lay ourselves under the woe pronounced against him that strives with his Maker.
learn to call reproaches reproofs, and make use of them as such for our conviction and humiliation
instead of being angry at the man that meant us ill, we should rather be thankful to the God that intended us good, and study to answer his intention.
What is said and done in haste, is likely to be matter for deliberate repentance.
You are angry at others and reproach them, and are ready to abhor them and to revenge yourselves upon them, and your corrupt nature takes a strange kind of pleasure in this. But do you know that all this will at last rebound upon yourselves, and return into your own bosom?
That is truly best for us which is most pleasing and acceptable to God, and a meek and quiet spirit is so.
Remember how gracious and merciful and patient God is; how slow to anger, how ready forgive, and how well pleased He is to see His people resemble Him: remember the eye of your God upon you, the love of your God towards you, and the glory of your God set before you. Remember how much it is your concern to be accepted by God, and to walk worthy of your relation to Him, unto all well-pleasing; and how much meekness and quietness of spirit contributes to this
"This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior," to lead a "quiet and peaceable life."
Learn to pause
"Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter." When at any time we are provoked, delays may be as advantageous as in other cases they are dangerous.
Some have advised, when we are provoked to anger, to take at least so much time to deliberate as while we repeat the alphabet; and others have thought it more proper to repeat the Lord's prayer, and perhaps by the time we are past the fifth petition, "forgive our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us," we may be reduced into temper.
Pray to God by his Spirit to work in you this excellent grace of meekness and quietness of spirit.
When we begin at any time to be froward and unquiet, we must lift a prayer to Him who stills the noise of the sea, for that grace which establishes the heart.
There is power in dyslexic thinking. The dyslexic mind is creative, intuitive, spatially oriented, and adept at problem-solving. The dyslexKey Quotes:
There is power in dyslexic thinking. The dyslexic mind is creative, intuitive, spatially oriented, and adept at problem-solving. The dyslexic person who has the confidence to harness those strengths can overcome the limitations imposed by society and even perform certain jobs better than someone without a “disability.” I believe this wholeheartedly, and after hearing the stories of men like Paul Smith, Phil Jacobs, Paul Orfalea, Charles Schwab, and Mike Peters, my hope is that you do too. Every child—learning disabled or not—should have a group of adults sitting around a table, trying to figure out how he or she is going to thrive in school and life.
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 1424-1425). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition.
Self-Awareness. Self-aware people with learning disabilities know the types of problems they have and how they impact their lives, as well as their strengths and talents. While they recognize their limitations, they’re not defined by them. It is my belief that this attribute can help anyone find a career that fits their skills and interests, just as it helped Chuck.
In school, you don’t have a choice of how to approach your job: learning. If you can’t read and write, you have to bang your head against that until you can get enough information to get the grades necessary to pass forward. But in life, when you get a job, it’s totally different. In life, if you do it and it doesn’t work, then you don’t do it anymore; if it does work, you keep doing it.
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 574-577). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition.
I’m not equipped to succeed in a low-level position, but I do have the visual, spatial, conceptual, and intuitive skills to be a good leader of a company, which is the primary directive of a president or CEO.
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 649-650). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition.
Paul Smith told me he just couldn’t be that type of leader because of his learning disability. He has ADHD and an undiagnosed reading impairment. He developed his aversion to the office because it was filled with paperwork that he couldn’t do, and that frustrated him. He chuckled and told me, “I never did those kinds of things. And fortunately, being president, I really didn’t have to, and I think it made me a better president.” Paul knew what he wasn’t good at, so he focused on what he could do well. “I didn’t know I had disabilities,” he said, “but I knew I didn’t like to read or study. I knew it wasn’t effective. So I had to find a different way to accomplish what I was going to accomplish.”
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 735-740). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition.
Proactivity. Being engaged in the world around them, participating in activities, taking on leadership roles, and actively making decisions is important for children with learning disabilities. In my opinion, being proactive helps these children to promote themselves and make connections; they must be able to seek out solutions for problems, and often need social connections and people skills in order to do so.
The limitations that his dyslexia and ADHD set for him at the ground level of the business are also what allowed him to be so well suited for the top. Paul couldn’t work a copy machine, but he could see the big picture and realize what that copy machine represented.
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 284-286). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition.
In college, I had to be my own advocate, but I knew I couldn’t make my way through alone. Growing up, I watched my dad be a successful business man and a successful family man, but I knew he struggled through school and wouldn’t have made it without help. My mom used to read his study notes to him in college. She helped him prepare for his tests. I made it through by figuring out what I needed and how to meet those needs with the help of strategic partners.
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 419-423). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition.
I couldn’t listen to lectures and take notes at the same time. Because it takes me so long to write anything down, I end up missing half of what’s being said. So, do you know what I did the first week of class every semester? I watched pencils during the lecture. I noted whose pencil was flying across the paper the most; after that, I’d check to make sure their handwriting was neat. If everything looked good, I would go up to them after class and say, “I have dyslexia. I was wondering, could I xerox your notes?” I would pay them for the privilege. Not one single person turned me down on my offer to pay them for what they were going to do anyway.
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 425-430). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition.
Working with so many numbers was a challenge for Phil because he often reverses numbers as a result of his dyslexia. But, as he told me, “You learn to compensate for your disabilities by developing other skills.” Since reading a report is always more difficult for him, early in his career he developed a compensatory habit: “If I needed to know something, rather than reading the report I would go find the person who wrote the report and have a conversation with him.” Phil discovered that he gathered better information through conversations than through reports. “Reports don’t write themselves; people write reports,” he observed. “And a lot of times you get a lot more insight from [the person] who wrote it than you can reading it.”
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 930-935). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition.
Perseverance. Successful people with learning disabilities often possess the ability to learn from mistakes and pursue goals despite difficulties, as well as the flexibility to find alternate pathways to a goal or modify that goal as needed.
Either they’re beaten down and have neither the skills nor the drive to obtain a good job, or they force their way through and use the problem-solving and adaptive skills they learn, coupled with astonishing drive, to make jobs for themselves. And the jobs out there best suited for someone with dyslexia aren’t mid-level jobs—they’re at the top.
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 374-377). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition.
dyslexia is not a place thing or a race thing, it’s a people thing; it’s present in all populations all over the world. Having dyslexia doesn’t reflect on how intelligent they are or how successful they can be.
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 1025-1027). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition.
Goal-setting. Successful people know how to form goals the right way. Achievable goals must be realistic, specific, adjustable, and must include a strategy to get there. Self-aware people with learning disabilities know how to tailor their goals to their strengths and weaknesses.
In retrospect, I discovered much of my success had been the result of a five-step process I developed during high school for achieving my goals...It was inspired first by a man named Dr. Ron, a psychologist my parents sent me to at the start of high school because I had started getting frustrated about my situation and therefore started acting out. He showed me how to turn my anger into energy, which I could then use to achieve whatever I wanted. He helped define the first three steps of the process, and from there I figured out the last two on my own. The five-step process is five simple words that every one of us knows and that every one of us can define. However, by applying them in order, in this process, they can help anyone achieve anything. They are goal (something you really want), education (become educated on the best way to achieve your goal), reinforcement (visualizing yourself taking the steps necessary to reach it), focus (you can see the path to getting what you want), and action (whatever physical steps you’ve discovered are necessary to reach your goal).
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Location 534). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition. I was focusing on taking my message nationwide, and I used the process to help me get there. Specifically, I sought out the expert opinions of a group of CEOs in Atlanta, who advised me to write a book. Then, I reinforced my goal by telling myself that I was a nationally recognized author in my field, and I visualized the path to getting my book published. Finally, I took the necessary actions to achieve my goal, putting all my money (even maxing out my credit cards) toward the book.
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 595-598). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition. you distill small goals from a big goal and then educate, reinforce, focus, and act on each smaller goal that’s necessary to reach the big goal.
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 536-537). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition.
Presence and use of effective support systems. It’s important to have a support network, and people with learning disabilities must be able to take initiative and ask for help when it’s needed. But as these children move into adulthood, reducing this dependency on others is linked to success.
From elementary school to college to business, Paul always found partners to help him achieve his goals. He recognized that there were things he would have to rely on others to do for him, but he also knew what role he needed to play to be a good partner to them. If he couldn’t run a copy machine, he could go out and drum up business. If he couldn’t manage an individual store, he could travel around and see what each of his stores was doing right and share that information with his partners.
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 299-302). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition.
I believe you can draw in the people you need to help you do the things you want to do in life.
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 588-589). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition.
“Charismatic adult” is a term Dr. Brooks borrows from Dr. Julius Segal that describes an adult a child can draw support and strength from. These “charismatic” figures usually play a significant role in determining whether a child grows up to be resilient or not.
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 793-795). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition.
The best way to do that, he says, is by focusing on a child’s individual strengths, or what he calls “islands of competence.” He coined this metaphor “while listening to the words of youngsters in my clinical practice, many of whom were struggling with learning problems and had experienced a great deal of frustration and failure in their lives.” 12 He works with his patients to identify and build on their strengths, their islands, when they feel like they’re drowning in a sea of inadequacy.
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 804-808). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition.
The charismatic adult does more for a child with a learning disability than just offer support, foster good self-esteem, and help discover the child’s strengths. The charismatic adult teaches that child the power of human relationships. That child realizes that to make it, he or she will have to continue to partner with other people.
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 868-870). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition.
Emotional coping strategies. Having a learning disability inevitably causes some stress, but successful individuals learn methods to reduce it. It is important to be aware of what causes stressful feelings, to recognize when frustration is building, and to develop ways to manage the situations that cause stress.
He credits his ability to empathize so well with growing up dyslexic. He says in Copy This! “I learned empathy because I had to. Studies have shown this is true for most kids with dyslexia—they tend to be highly empa-thetic. The unanswered question is whether dyslexics are empathetic inherently or develop empathy because their struggles give them compassion for others.”
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 305-308). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition. His method was a lot like Orfalea’s. He went out and steeped himself in the big picture of his business without getting too caught up in the day-to-day busywork. Paul himself noted that this approach to management is popular among leaders with learning disabilities. “They’re always getting along with people, being out and looking and watching and seeing things. And you know what? If you really said, ‘What’s the best way to run a business?’ this is probably it.”
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 747-751). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition. Mike also compensated for his bad grades with humor. At home, he drew cartoons, and at school, he became a class clown. As he told me, “I was this weird little kid, you know. I drew cartoons all the time; I didn’t play in sports and all that kind of stuff…I was always funny, but I was funny in a Jerry Lewis kind of stuttering way.” In many ways, cartooning was a form of self-defense for Mike.
Robert Langston (2012-04-26). The Power of Dyslexic Thinking (Kindle Locations 1265-1268). AuthorHouse. Kindle Edition. ...more