Applying this label--whether by teachers, parents, peers, and even the students themselves--can make such students feel they are stupid or below normal intelligence.
However, multiple studies prove this inference wrong.
Many times I inwardly groaned in frustration at Alberts apparently irrelevant questions, late assignments, and misunderstanding of papers/activities.
But the real frustration came when I was grading research papers. When measuring ideas, Albert was a genius, or at least he had the potential to excel.
Were working on the upcoming paper in my critical writing class.
About ten minutes late, Albert runs into the computer lab seemingly dazed.
He's holding two library books in his hands like someone holds a food tray. I'm trying not to draw attention to him, so I continue my instructions and avert my gaze.
One paper clearly stood out from the others: it was clear and artfully written, filled with specific support for a provocative idea. When measuring his academic abilities - the abilities to interpret assignments or negotiate the mechanics of college - Albert was incompetent. I think he had the potential to learn more in my class than he did, but the standard practices of education didnt work for him.Students who, like Albert, do not learn well in traditional educational situations are often labeled learning disabled. Learning disabled literally means not able to learn and creates a stigma for learning disabled students.