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- Catherine Rampell, student @ University of Washington
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Everyone has strengths and weaknesses but as a child, itís hard to deal with your weaknesses. Itís not until you grow up and realize that you have to use your strengths to overcome your weaknesses. Combining logic with technology can be a useful tool. For me it was the way to overcome my disability.
Early on in my education I encountered learning disabilities. These learning disabilities included reading, spelling, grammar, and difficulty in time writing reports. These learning disabilities have frustrated me. I wondered " Why couldnít I do this?" I knew that I had the intelligence, but I just could not finish the assignments. I would then become angry. My anger sometimes led me to break pencils and throw them across my room.
The basis of my learning disabilities, I discovered, was in transferring my thoughts and ideas from my head to paper. Reading was also a challenge for me in the early grades. I never had trouble understanding stories themselves; but when I had to answer questions about what I had read, I often had difficulty formulating an answer.
Another major issue I had was the slow pace of my work. In elementary school I usually didnít finish my homework until 10 oíclock at night. Other students in my grade were finished by 7 oíclock. Although this was difficult for me to deal with, I did not let it stop me from completing my homework.
Originally I felt sorry for myself. I believed that I would never overcome these problems. This led me to complain how unfair it was. Perhaps, I thought, someone did not want me to succeed.
Word processing was a huge benefit to me in overcoming my learning disabilities. Before I had a desktop computer I had great difficulty writing reports. This was due to the fact that I had to type up my reports using a typewriter. After every sentence, my mother had to check my spelling. Due to this my progress was at a snailís pace.
Also, throughout elementary school, and into the beginning of high school, I had illegible notes. Then, at the beginning of junior year, I purchased a notebook computer. This aided me greatly. I could now actually take notes since I could type far faster than I could write. The computer enabled me to read the notes, which I had taken because my handwriting was often not legible.
Finally I came to the realization that everyone has strengths and weaknesses and that I had to learn how to overcome my weaknesses and focus on my strengths. Logic has always been one of my strengths. I began to understand the technology, which had so helped me. This logical reasoning, along with a mathematical mind has given me the skills to work with computers.
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Education, Educational psychology, Childhood, Parenting, Special education, Dyslexia, Learning disability, Educational technology
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