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Ed.M candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Ed; NYC Special ed teacher

Here is an example of a

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Here is an example of a simple, yet powerful strategy to teach kids with learning differences, even in special education classrooms. One change makes all the difference!

Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

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Thanks for taking the risk to share this with the community. Kim John Payne ( has a great way of exploring the ways we view difference. He represents it as:
D <-- Q --> G

The basic idea is that a Quirk (a difference) can either be viewed as negative (a Deficit) or as positive (a Gift). The way the difference manifests long term grows out of the way the adults around him or her respond to the difference.

(I'm oversimplifying here, but the basic premise is worth exploring.)

Educational Consultant/Author, Southern California

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Thank you for sharing this very important story. Yes, absolutely, we must advocate for all kids. Not only is it our profession, it is our moral obligation.

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