Have a range of learning strengths and challenges
Need to learn at their own pace
Must be provided with appropriate interventions and successful experiences
Dr. Lynch did not know this as a child. From Monday to Thursday she was an average child, if only she did not have to write words, but worst of all, throughout her primary school days, Fridays meant tests, failure and punishment. Dr. Lynch knew the information, but writing answers, especially during the test was difficult. Ideas came easily but writing and spelling were difficult, so the end product never met the standards of her teachers. When she got As in some subjects but performed poorly in freshman English at university, she cried, not understanding that her grades reflected not her ability but the on-going hurdle with Spelling. Recognizing the reasons for her challenges in school was very liberating for Dr. Lynch and implanted in her the passion for making learning less daunting for students who struggle.