This post is dedicated to all the slow readers out there.  You have a GREATNESS! 

Remember the story, “The Tortoise and the Hare” in Aesop’s Fables and how the tortoise wins? 

That tortoise had hidden greatness.  Yes, greatness! 
His greatness was his slowness and his steadiness. 


I found my greatness, and I wanted to share it with you to lift and encourage you.  Yes, I am a tortoise when it comes to reading.  That is why I have had a lot of trouble with reading comprehension.  There can be many reasons why someone reads slowly.  For me, it is just that. I read slowly. 

In teaching for The Academy Virtual, I found that my greatness IS my slow reading! 

I was truly stunned!  I was teaching a student how to decipher a word problem.  He read the problem very fast and missed keywords and symbols.  I had to slow him down and had him read with an investigative and patient mind.  As a result Sloth Jacks was born.  This truly helped him.


I didn’t think much of it.  Then I watched an interesting special on Egyptology.  The Egyptologist deciphered the hieroglyphics one at a time backward and told the audience what it said in English. I was blown away by his skill. I went to bed.

The next day it hit me like a ton of bricks.


I thought, “WOW!  I share in a small way the skill of that Egyptologist.” 

I’m a math teacher and my reading speed is PERFECT for math textbooks. 


Can I read and understand ALL math textbooks? NO!  Do I work for NASA? NO! 

I majored in math, got my Bachelor’s in mathematics, and then went back to school to get my teaching certificate in mathematics.  Math generally comes easily to me because my reading speed is PERFECT for reading math textbooks.  Wow!  For example, like the Egyptologist reading hieroglyphics one at a time in a backward order, I read slow and steady but with a careful eye and heavy focus, and I comprehend most math texts well.

I noticed that, after homeschooling my son for at least a decade and reading to him a plethora of books, my reading comprehension, in general, is better, but I still need accommodations for literature and long, non-math textbooks.  That is okay! 

I have found that math has taught me a lot of logic which has been like a rudder helping me and guiding me through my life.  I am happy and stunned that my weakness is a great strength! 

FIND YOUR GREATNESS, it could be hidden in a weakness!!!

Rosemarie Colon is a Math Coach at The Academy Virtual. She received the Coach Award in December 2020 for superior engagement, team spirit, and teaching with great heart. She served as a keynote speaker for the March 2021 Parent Info Session entitled “Dyslexia – A Mother’s Journey.” You can hear more about her story in this short video here.