Learning can be easy - and in fact it should
I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.
Confucius wrote these words about 2500 years ago in China and various leading human development and educational thinkers have essentially said the same since - though often using different words. We at Gifted Dyslexic talk about facilitating mastery, rather than teaching. Mastery goes beyond what schools normally think of as learning. Whatever you master, stays with you for the rest of your life - much like learning to ride a bicycle. You may get a bit rusty if you do not use your mastered skill for years, but you will not lose that skill - and you can brush it up without much effort. This is exactly what all learners need to achieve when learning the letters of the Alphabet - and in fact also when learning the most common words in the language. Only about 200 words make up over 50% of all we read - no matter what we are reading. Once these basic building blocks of literacy are fully mastered, literacy becomes easy.
and make it our own,
as when we have discovered it for ourselves."
Rene Descartes (1596 – 1650)
French mathematician, philosopher,
"father of modern philosophy"
teach me and I may remember,
involve me and I learn.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Helped with the founding of the United States of America and
changed the world with his discoveries about electricity
he could have discovered for himself,
that child is kept from inventing it
and consequently from understanding it completely."
Jean Piaget (1896-1980)
author of theory of cognitive development
which significantly influences behavior
is self-discovered or self-appropriated learning
- truth that has been assimilated in experience“
Carl Rogers (1902–1987)
One of the most influential psychologist in American history
„I never teach my pupils;
I only attempt to provide the conditions
in which they can learn“
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
"one of the most prolific intellects in human history"
Some studies show that as much as 80% of inmates in correctional facilities have dyslexia, AD/HD or ADD. Other studies show that 30-40% of successful entrepreneurs (self made millionaires) have dyslexia, ADD or AD/HD. When you begin to understand the root of these conditions through the Davis approach, this is not surprising at all.
now equip pre-primary and primary school teachers with the Davis tools to use in their general teaching practise with all children. We call this Davis Learning Strategies or Teaching made Easy. A study published in 2001 shows that special needs referrals were eliminated and the number of gifted learners were quadrupled in classes using our methods. We now have a simple strategy tool-kit for teachers which will reduce pressure on the teacher immensely, while improving literacy and motivation of learners, and at the same time putting a stop to the waste of talent in potentially dyslexic children.
The labelling conundrum
You may be looking for help in dealing with a specific condition, or you may not have a "label" for your condition. We do not really need a label for working with you, as we are dealing with the root cause of all the various labels. It is also important to remember that there is often an overlap between the various labels. Here is a short list of some symptoms/labels we deal with successfully.
Various options for you
There are a number of options available to you, depending on the level of involvement you are prepared to take on, and what you can afford.
We like to think that the Davis programme is actually available to practically anyone, as you are not really restricted by finances. All you need is the book, some plasticine, time and patience. Alternatively, you can sign up for a workshop to give you more confidence in applying the procedures in the book, or book in a professional one-to-one intervention.
A useful site for help with symbol mastery, including a PDF for trigger-word definitions:
The international Davis Dyslexia site:
Davis Learning foundation - the UK and Africa Davis site, run by Richard:
The Davis Learning Strategies site (for early intervention in the classroom):
Why tyrannosaurus but not if - Richard Whitehead's free online course. Please forward this to people you think might benefit from getting a little insight into the Davis approach:
For an online assessment on Ron Davis' website in California: