Gabrielle Tucci's Learning Story

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Waking up to the smell of a delicious concoction of Chinese herbs, I realized I had just passed out in an acupuncture clinic. I slowly rise with the help of Mrs. Jane Shlensky whose shocked face was turning into a bright smile. I mumble a few words then we both burst into laughing. Mrs. Shlensky is by far the most … Read More

Susan Blumberg-Kason's Learning Story

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I’d always had a love of Chinese culture. Growing up in suburban Chicago, I heard, at an early age, my grandparents’ tales of trips to Hong Kong and Taiwan. Then when I was in middle school, my father started talking about his new Chinese students, fresh off the plane from Shanghai and Beijing. These students joined my family for Thanksgiving … Read More

Gary Cohen's Learning Story

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Thirty-five years ago, I was struggling to pass English. Last year I became a published author. How did I find my way from failing to where I am now? Someone took the time to ‘see’ me.In the sixth grade, I had a third-grade reading level and a fourth-grade math level. I struggled with graphomotor skills, low active working memory, and … Read More

Wendy Chambers' Learning Story

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Many of the most significant learning moments in my life have happened to me throughout my 17 years as a professor at Georgia Southern University. One particularly poignant episode took place last year, in a class that I teach called Cognition and Language. The class is a sophomore level course for education majors and focuses on cognitive and language development … Read More

Helen Davis' Learning Story

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One of the most educational experiences of my undergraduate years occurred during the summer between my freshman and sophomore years. I spent the summer working in the microbiology lab of a factory near my home to earn money for college. One of the microbiologists was an African American man. We had many candid discussions that summer about race, including his … Read More

Eldon Rosenow's Learning Story

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Most of my education was spent in long hours of frustration. I had learning difficulties from the very beginning. At the school psychologist’s bidding, I was held back in the fourth grade. This did not help much academically and even worse, I was devastated watching my peers move ahead without me. I struggled through high school and upon graduation, hoped … Read More

Elena Aguilar's Learning Story

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My maternal grandmother was my most effective teacher. Her life and the decisions she made as a young adult served as a powerful example and inspiration. She came of age during the Great Depression and along with many of the other Jews in her community, she became an activist: she unionized textile workers on the East Coast, organized farmers in … Read More

James Comer's Learning Story

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As a high school student council leader I was determined to eradicate all injustice; yesterday. For me, as an African-American student early in my senior year, 1951-52, in a predominantly white high school, the injustice I was most concerned about was racial prejudice. We had made progress in that I was the first head of the more than two-thirds white … Read More

Jorge Cruz's Learning Story

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I’m a student at Olympic High School in North Carolina, I have been greatly influenced by a teacher in the JROTC program at my school. LTC Neal teaches the JROTC curriculum at a fun level and allows every student to get an equal learning experience. In his class we learn about responsibility, leadership and other things that are in the … Read More

Emily gasoi's Learning Story

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The Longevity of Meaningful LearningI attended a Headstart program nearly four decades ago. Admittedly, I have had many notable learning experiences since that time. As an educator, however, my nursery school days remain among my most personally and professionally formative. Unlike most children who choose to become teachers when they grow up, I did not enjoy much of my schooling. … Read More