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New charter school mixes poor, better-off kids Chicago Sun Times
On a warm September morning last fall, three 8-year-old girls, each
toting a knapsack and a nervous smile, joined a swarm of kids piling
into the new University of Chicago Charter School on the gentrifying
Mid-South Side.

Mitchell's new man Chicago Journal
Readying
for his final principal interview at Ellen Mitchell School in Ukrainian
Village, the typically extroverted Luis Soria felt a little bit of
stage fright.

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  • I have been commenting as a Case Manager but now I would like to comment from my experiences growing up as a Special Needs child. I entered first grade at 4 years old after passing a test which showed that I could read the newspaper and do multiplication and division problems. I did well until 3rd grade when i had a stroke (I was always told that was impossible in a child that young but now I am reading that it is more common than people realize). i lost everything and had to be retaught how to read, write, do math and even walk and speak. Most skills I regained but some of them no one is sure how. i can not be a phonetic reader because I do not hear certain sounds, I can't be a sight reader because I have no visual imagy (I do not dream visually). It seems that I may have done it audimatically by writing the words on my pant leg (which would make me a tactile learner). In many areas, I was put down by the teachers because I did things differently even though eventually in most areas I relearned the skills. One size fits all never worked for me and I know it doesn't work for most of the students that I've taught.

    I'm glad more and more teachers are realizing that we need to keep experimenting until we find something that will work.

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