Twice exceptional learners Spikey profiles
Thomas Webster is a Year 10 student. He is twice exceptional. He is gifted and has dysgraphia.
He has written a 'Spoken Word' poem on how his brain is different to your brain.
My Brain My Brain
What is so different about my brain that makes it different from your brain?
Well, my brain works differently with different types of cogs turning round and round and round and round like a machine, but sometimes these cogs get stuck and my machine grinds to a halt.
The machine changes, a train going round and round in the same motion trying to do the same task, but any little thing caught on the tracks can make it completely ....stop.
See when you think of rhyme, you think of Lime, Dime, Fine, Crime, Chime, and Grime ...whilst, when it comes into my brain, it just takes some time. Mine could be messy, losing attention or a bunch of mishmashed letters on a page, or sometimes even no page!
See my brain can go so many places and graces, races ... see so many faces. My brain is a rocket ship going into the outer spaces.
Many people before me: Einstein, Edison, Disney, they’ve had the same brain. The one that can think outside the box, outside the living parameters and beyond the judges. They're the ones that have their thoughts sitting at the ends of their fingertips.
This is for the dreamers, the believers, the thinkers, the makers, the wall breakers….the ones that want to do something bigger.
But see society showed us that the ideal person is the one they put forward to be the best, and society showed us that because we didn’t do well in this test, we can’t be the best.
Huh!! How Ironic!
Many people dictate my life. Past, Present, Future -telling me where I can, and cannot, go. But see, I can go to new heights, do whatever, whenever, however… and be whoever I wanna be.
And I have a question for you? What is your brain? What is your brain?
I want to challenge you to think your own thoughts, feel your own emotions, your own feelings, because it’s your brain. Like a little bird, be free in your world. Be yourself. Because at the end of day it’s not gonna hurt anyone, aye.
Your world is your oyster and don’t be stuck in that cloister, because that cloister is pulling you down. Where you see a disadvantage, find the opposite: the advantage and there’s a whole new world waiting for you!.
The world needs creators, innovators, debaters (not haters) because we are who we are and we can’t be taken away from it.
Be your own brain!
Be your own brain!