Program Contents: Disc 1 - 115 minutes, Disc 2 – 117 minutes
Copyright Date: 2006
A DAY WITH JONATHAN MOONEY
Jonathan Mooney is dyslexic and did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. The strategies presented here have emerged out of his own journey, from a kid hiding in the bathroom crying to escape reading out loud, to graduating from Brown University with a 4.0 in English Literature, to publishing his first book, “Learning Outside the Lines”, at age 22, and now after nearly 7 years of travel and lecture in all 50 states and abroad.
In this 2-disc DVD set containing 4 hours of content, Jonathan outlines four concrete principles that parents, teachers, and administrators can follow to help facilitate the success of different learners – not by fixing “broken” kids, but by modifying traditional educational environments, and re-drawing the lines of what we consider “normal” learning.
Principle #1: The Myth of Stupid, Crazy and Lazy
The first principle details how we must remove the “socialization of cognitive difference” – which means, help kids unlearn “stupid”, “crazy” and “lazy” – because “no one will ever succeed if that’s the way they feel about their mind.”
Principle #2: Balancing Remediation & Empowerment
In this principle, Jonathan presents concrete strategies for balancing remediation with empowerment for all different learners.
Principle #3: Academic Accommodations & Modifications
In this principle, Jonathan presents concrete academic accommodations and modifications that can be used in the home and in the classroom.
Principle #4: Normal People Suck
This principle expands our understanding of, and raises questions about how we can resist the myth of Normalcy – because “it’s a dangerous myth and we all will be more free if we stop chasing it.”
Q & A
Jonathan takes questions from teachers, parents and administrators in the audience to elaborate on the four principles and provide further strategies to address specific concerns.