As an apropos:
I had a new student this semester. She is physically and mentally handicapped. Not severely mentally handicapped, just a bit slower. Maybe autistic… I’m not really sure since I can’t read her Chinese file.
Anyway, I was somewhat dreading having her, as I thought it drag the level of the whole class down; Shame on me.
She has turned out to be one of my best students and quickest learners.
She once asked me “How to spell…xxxx?” and I corrected her by saying “Well, first I’ll tell you what: in English, we never ask ‘How to spell…’ or ‘How to say…’; instead, we always ask ‘How do you spell…’ or ‘How does one spell…’. Understand?”
Her: “OK. How do you spell…?”
and she hasn’t said “How to spell…” since. Awesome.
Yeah, it’s the little things that make the difference.