When I was a child nothing would bring me more fear and stress than writing. I would procrastinate and sometimes not even complete the assignment.
I did not grow up in the age of auto correct, and most of my assignments were hand written, which was beyond difficult for me. I am a dreamer full of ideas, but I lacked the confidence to share my ideas due to my lack of understanding and resources for my dyslexia. I thought that I was just plain dumb.
I hit a wall my first year in college when a professor returned a paper that was marked with a failing grade. Upon my inquiry as to where I went wrong he promptly told me that, ‘It didn’t make any sense’ and ‘He couldn’t believe that I was allowed to graduate high school’.
It was not long after this conversation with my teacher that I quit college. I had zero confidence in myself and had no desire to continue with school.
Fast forward along my journey to me becoming a mother of children who have the EXACT same issues with writing!
I educated myself and gained tips on how to better support my sons. Along the way of, I learned that I too could be successful. I later went back to school and upon my return I excelled in my writing classes. At times, my work was used as an example to the class.
No person should ever be made to feel the way I was made to feel. I share my story so that you can have a better understanding as to why I am so thankful for Hillside. Hillside Academy excels in electives like Journalism.
Our middle school students have several choices for electives. Journalism has been offered for the last three years and I feel beyond blessed to get to work with the students. This class is so much more than producing a newspaper for the school! The primary outcome for this class is for the students to become confident in their writing abilities as well as develop fundamental skills.
I allow students to have a “beat” (a regular topic that they write about). Students choose a topic that they are personally interested in. We also work with The Institute for Excellence in Writing to deepen our skills. This often is a group writing exercise or even writing games during class. We have a lot of laughs in class and great discussions. These kids are so insightful about the world that surrounds them. My hope is that they will leave my class with confidence in who The Lord made them and with the knowledge that they can achieve anything that they desire, even when it is difficult.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. -Psalms 139:13-14