[LD 6383] Second Salvo-- Success! What is it Anyway?

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Susan Jones sujones at parkland.edu
Mon Jun 6 13:25:49 EDT 2011


Success -- many students with learning disabilities have a significantly different definition of success than others. Before I try to "help" a student, I need to know the student's perspective.

We have a course designed to help students be successful, PSY 109 Educational, Career, and Life Planning. We use the book On Course and their site and newsletters have great insights and lessons. Here's a collection of quotes about success:

http://www.oncourseworkshop.com/Getting%20On%20Course003.htm

HEres your challenge, and something like what our students are often asked to do: pick one and apply it to students with learning disabilities trying to succeed at things that require reading.

For instance, "Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence." ~Colin Powell
Its my job, providing academic support, to help them do the hard work that will let them know theyve actually learned something; to help them own that knowledge, beyond having completed an assignment but aiming at least *toward* perfection instead of passing.

Its my job and joy to help them make the connection between the hard work and growing; also to help them, when necessary, "fail forward" per Scott Adams of Dilbert fame"

Fail Forward. If you're taking risks, and you probably should, you can find yourself failing 90% of the time. The trick is to get paid while you're doing the failing and to use the experience to gain skills that will be useful later. I failed at my first career in banking. I failed at my second career with the phone company. But you'd be surprised at how many of the skills I learned in those careers can be applied to almost any field, including cartooning. Students should be taught that failure is a process, not an obstacle.

(see How to Get a Real Education at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704101604576247143383496656.html )

Any other pithy ideas out there?


Susan Jones
Academic Development Specialist
Center for Academic Success
Parkland College
Champaign, IL 61821
217-353-2056
sujones at parkland.edu
Webmastress,
http://www.resourceroom.net
http://www.bicycleuc.wordpress.com








Susan Jones
Academic Development Specialist
Center for Academic Success
Parkland College
Champaign, IL 61821
217-353-2056
sujones at parkland.edu
Webmastress,
http://www.resourceroom.net
http://www.bicycleuc.wordpress.com

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