Children With a Learning Disability - In a Poem About Having Disabilities

I Have A Learning Disability

©2012 LaDena Campbell aka justateacher


I have a learning disability

It makes math for me kinda hard

The other kids all laugh at me

They call me names like “retard”

I don’t like it when the call me names

I can’t help it that numbers don’t make sense

But the other kids don’t understand

And they all call me dense

I work harder than all of them

Just to get a decent grade

They all don’t understand

What a great effort I made

They can see in their heads

That one and one are two

But even something that simple

Is difficult for me to do

The other kids know all the shapes

The triangle, the circle and the square

I look at all of them

And see just a bunch of lines there

I work hard, I really do

I really love coming to school each day

Everything else is pretty easy

I love when I go out for recess to play

My teacher said it’s not my fault

She says I try as hard as I can

She says I just learn differently

That I will grow into a bright man

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love your passion for teaching and for your students. I would have been proud to have taught alongside of you and that, my dear, is my highest compliment to a teacher.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I was guilty of looking down on such kids when I was young. It took maturity to realize that we are all God's children, and none of us are better than others, and none of us are less than others.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

I appreciate this very much. I was a teacher of handicapped kids for many years and I want you to know hat I always shared dozens of stories about famous people like da Vinci, Michelangelo, Henry Ford, Tom Cruise, Rodin, the sculptor,Great musical artists and composers, scientist, like Einstein, and Helen Keller, who was disabled in blindness and deaf, those with Autism and other debilitating health problems, who have contributed great things to society. Over hundreds of years, we would not be such an enriched society without those who had challenges and overcame with flying colors.God bless.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

Teachers are so special. Sometimes they can influence a child's life more than a parent. All of you deserve more praise and money.

Good hub, blessings. AD


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thank you Ann! I love the praise even more than the money!


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Billy- thank you for that great compliment! It means a lot to me!

Will - I think we were all guilty of that one time or another when we were young - luckily most of us grew up and knew how wrong it was...

whonunuwho - I'm glad you liked it!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Just have to say God Blessed you good justateacher :) Frank


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Frank- I thank God every day for His blessings! Thank you for your wonderful comment!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

This is so great and so sad at the same time. I like how you told the story of a child's disability in this. It is so sad that children, because of ignorance, make other children feel bad.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Cardisa - and for children, it IS mostly ignorance - it is even more sad when adults do it...they know better...


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Sweet poem and love the positive attitude of the child in the poem. It is so wonderful that today children do have more help in overcoming the barriers in learning.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

teaches - I try to give the students a positive spin to their disabilities...it just makes life easier on all of us, but especially them! Thank you for the kind comments!


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Simple words, and real thoughts of a child- sad and hurting. You have felt the pain of these children Justateacher, it is spilling out from the poem. I hope lots of people who are not sane enough to understand these 'differences' in their own kids, get to read this. Voted up and shared.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Sen.sush 23....thank you for your kind words!

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