“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
This is one of my quotations for the academic year and I used it in a couple of contexts over this last weekend. It was also one which came to mind today when as an MCYM staff team we had some further training in supporting students who are dyslexic. One of the things we did was go through an entire screening test each of us being given at least one of the questions to do. As we sometimes struggled with the task I realised even more the challenges some of our students face in producing their work when some of the basic skills that most of us take for granted are not how they work. Many students with a specific learning difficulty have to develop coping mechanisms to complete academic work, they have to make changes in the way they work in order to achieve the outcomes necessary to fulfil course requirements.
Most of us have hidden struggles – some of us are in the midst of them, for others they may be more in the past and it can seem that we have it all together, that we are the beautiful butterfly but struggles often result in scars and even if they are not seen by others we may still be aware that they are there.