Faking It A Look into the Mind of a Creative Learner

ISBN-10: 0867092963
ISBN-13: 9780867092967
Edition: 1992
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Book details

List price: $24.70
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 1/20/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.00" long x 0.45" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Until I began to acknowledge my weaknesses, I did not realize I had so many strengths. As I better understand my learning disabilities, it is easier to reassure myself that I truly am not stupid, and, in fact, have some really strong abilities. - Christopher Lee Faking It is Chris Lee's story of almost two decades of academic frustration, matched by remarkable persistence, resilience, and ingenuity. It is a moving account of how people with his problems can be helped to overcome them. The story Chris tells of what happened to him when he wound up in the University of Georgia Learning Disabilities Adult Clinic, where he met Rosemary Jackson, is both a moving account of how people with his problems can be helped to overcome them and, at the same time, a powerful indictment of the system--and it is nationwide--that leaves people like Chris feeling incompetent and stupid. Chris was considered 'disabled' because he could not see or hear letters correctly; his processing of written language interfered with his ability to use both written and spoken English, and for this reason the system labeled him handicapped. He labeled himself as stupid. Fearing every encounter with the English language, he devised his methods of faking his way through school sufficiently well to be admitted to the University of Georgia. There he found his faking wouldn't work--he had to recognize and deal with his problem. But he also found support and encouragement from people who not only understood his problem, they understood him. After five years of intensive work with Rosemary Jackson at the Clinic, he graduated from the University. He lost the need to fake it, And he wrote this book.

Rosemary Jackson, Ed.D., is a teacher educator in the Department of Special Education and Administration at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. She serves as a mentor leader for undergraduate students majoring in special education and also teaches graduate classes in learning disabilities.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Uncovering Your Potential
Faking It
Writing: My Worst Nightmare
Reading: Making the Words Come Alive
Language: Making It Real
Math: A Different Language System
Private Pain
A New Beginning
Afterword: Rosemary's Turn
Appendix 1: Regents' Essay
Appendix 2: Sample Essay not Using Computer
Appendix 3: Journal Entry, Freshman Year
Appendix 4: Journal Entry, Freshman Year

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