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The day began bright, crystal clear, and full of the newness of the year. If you have ever been a teacher, or for that matter a student, you know that the beginning of the year is September with its feelings of wonder, excitement, and uncertainty. What will this class be like, how can I create the mood of excitement for learning with these particular youngsters? What will be the hook that captures their imaginations? They come as individuals. Many are new to the school; all are learning disabled. What does that mean to them? Are they damaged by the label, have they failed to learn so often that they no longer believe it possible? They are almost always emotionally scarred; they have been thought of as stupid, lazy, or deliberately inattentive by other students, other teachers, well meaning but uninformed family members, and, most importantly, by themselves. They have known frequent failure. Perhaps they miscue on the sounds that form words, perhaps they can't remember details in stories, or perhaps their writing is illegible. Whatever their particular story, each child has known repeated failure and suffers as a result.
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