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First Person: Slow Learner

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From the beginning of my career as an English teacher, I dreamed of inspiring young minds to appreciate the beauty and the art of great literature. I never gave much thought to those young minds for whom that inspiration would take a little longer: those with learning disabilities or special needs.

Even in college, no professor ever talked about how to adjust assignments and change expectations for slow learners. I knew those students would always be taken care of-- in a different room with a special teacher who knew how to make the lessons meaningful for them.

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