Dyslexia - Mentoring
In her book Working Memory: The Connected Intelligence Tracy Alloway argues , working memory is a better test of ability than IQ .Working memory measures potential to learn and can be crucial in determining classroom and working life achievement.[You can't really say that about spelling] .
Working memory can be measured , working memory can be reduced to a number .and working memory can be trained
I still don't get it !
How does working memory play a role in my everyday life ?
If you have ever experienced brain fade. Where you read a paragraph, page or several pages and realise you have no memory of what you have just read then you have experienced a failure of working memory .As the author of a course on working memory it would be just great if a day's teaching or reading represented six hours of internalised knowledge, but we all know that is not true. Even in a passive mode when you are just listening, nobody remembers everything, working memory gets stressed around seven concepts. New information displaces old..
The thing about a functional working memory is you can forget about remembering every if and but.
Outside of acting you have permission to forget your lines, you are going to forget the majority of detailed information inside 24 hours anyway. In order to be efficient you just need to hold onto information long enough to actually think about it . In order to do that, you have to learn how to take the boring and the mundane and make it interesting
To be clear, when I talk of working memory I'm not just talking about increasing the STORE of facts and knowledge you accumulate, known as crystallized intelligence-this isn't pure memorization. What I am talking your fluid intelligence, your capacity to learn new information, retain it, then use it as a foundation to solve the next problem, learn the next new skill.
Or as one US student told a researcher in 2013:
“I remember getting just completely absorbed in one book, and then another, and as I was writing I was making connections between them [and] actually enjoying the process of putting ideas together. I hadn’t had that before.”
*** 12 screening questions used by accredited dyslexia bodies to determine if a full test for adults is warranted . .
If you sub vocalize (read aloud in your head)
If you find it hard to concentrate
If the month's of the year your times table even the alphabet seems to dance in you minds eye
If you can't remember messages or Jokes
If you get halfway through a set of instruction
If textbook or manuals lead to attention deficit and avoidance strategies
If making more than one mental note is a waste of time
If your train of thought is easily derailed and you struggle to pick up where you left off
If giving a prepared speeches is to be avoided
If you find it difficult to immediately apply new skills and knowledge
If learning anything worthwhile is a repetitive boring and time consuming exercise
If you can't remember what you have just read
* dyslexics often exhibit exceptional visual abilities and aptitudes ,
*** Gene Research
Dyslexia tend to run in families .It has been observed that the actual architecture of the brain differs .A recent study found an 88% chance of a near relative with similar strengths and weakness .You see the emotive subject of genes does indeed influence success or failure in exams .The latest research shows we are not all blank slates or to put it another way we are not clay yet to be moulded and claiming we are is a encouraging a form of eugenics through omission .In the US studies have shown 40 to 50 percent of exam success is attributed to genes . In the UK , where less discretion to teach to an individual's strengths exists ,the correlation is much higher [due to the rigid national curriculum] .Tenacity , intelligence and resilience are all important but sometimes it is just not enough , sometimes you have to go the extra mile .
In an exclusive EXTRACT FROM our under development COURSE ON THINKING SKILLS [ we sourced this research ]
At the age of 15, Einstein left his school in Munich to attend a Swiss school founded by Pestalozzi, an educational reformer, who published in 1801 his ideas on visual methods of learning and teaching (Clark 1971).Basic to Pestalozzi's approach was the view that "conceptual thinking is built on visual understanding; visual understanding is the basis of all knowledge" (Pestalozzi  in Arnheim 1969).
The school freely used maps, diagrams, and other visual materials for instruction. The atmosphere was relaxed and informal. Memorization was discouraged and individual thinking was developed.'Each item of learning was carefully linked to a visual base image in accordance with Pestalozzi's principles.
Einstein appears to have flourished in a situation which allowed the free use of the styles of thinking that were so congenial to him. With the recent organization and partial publication of the Einstein papers, the evidence that this style of thinking was nonverbal and visually mediated cannot be doubted.
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All we ask is that you embrace the attitude , the state of mind that maybe i need to take responsibility ,MAYBE THIS WILL WORK ,MAYBE I CAN DO THIS ,MAYBE THIS IS WHAT TURNS THINGS AROUND .
In return I will write a priming course on thinking skills are make it available for free on our myminorityreport site .
What is priming . If you have ever taken an IQ test , good technique is to just race through all the easy question for you , at the end in the remaining time it is not uncommon to find that questions that have eluded you come easily , this is because the mind has been primed ,. Before going for a jog or exercising engaging in an explosive sport you loosen up ,the brain is no different this is what priming is .
In this course I will outline every trick in the book , unified in one place . we will talk about frameworks BOI [ buzan's ] basic ordering ideas a framework for dissecting thinking . We will talk about the 7 P [ray edwards ] and power of ACRONYMS & ACROSTICS in the context of professional real world copywriting and communication . We will talk about M:O:A:T , the 4 levels of visual thinking Memory [ how while everyone is else is limited to 7 concepts you can use proven visual techniques to double that capacity ] , organisation [ mind and context maps] Analysis [ how john snow plotted a chart to isolate the and remediate the true source of the deadly cholera][ and Theory [ here we talk a little about Einstein , Feynman and Hawking ] We will talk about bloom's 6 levels of thinking and what educators look for . What is considered the most basic form of thinking to the most advanced then we will turn thing on it's head and explain how the most flaw , and poor memory creates a bottleneck and when you unblock this bottleneck good things might happen .
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