My personal barrier has always been my spelling. It causes me daily struggles, from writing essays to filling out a form. I rethink and question every word I write, panicking if I make a mistake. Being asked to scribe for a group or the whole class causes my whole body to tighten and sweat. Even when I openly state, in a jokingly fashion, that ‘My spelling is awful’.
Embarrassment can be a torture technique that causes stress levels to rise. You are not in control of the situation you are in and you feel uncomfortable and personally completely stupid.
Even though it is my struggle, I can see a very clear positive. I know what it is like for a child to struggle. I hope to use my inside knowledge to not only support the child but give them the tools to be able to struggle happily and to not let it stop them from trying.