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An inspirational lesson to learn

I was recently asked to teach English (my mother tongue) to a Spanish student who was born blind 50 years ago. My first reaction was: what a bad gig! Instead, I have been humbled.

Imagine: through the miracle of Braille, she can communicate in several languages. When she reads, sometimes exasperatingly slowly, her fingers racing across the keys, it is as if I were teaching a child. But she is not a child and her mind is exceptional. Her face, when she gets an answer right, takes on the ecstatic expression of a medieval saint. What a privilege.

Jonathan BarryChichester, West Sussex

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Good luck to all those Scottish tweeters like me who are back at work today. May you live to survive the in-service days.

@dazmck

And number 263 in the "You know you're on holiday" list: when getting up at 9am is a struggle.

@theprimaryhead

Walked around the East End [of Glasgow] for 20 minutes and no one offered a high five. #ThingsIMissAboutTheGames

@pmusttryharder

I have a dream that one day this nation will have an Open Education Declaration like this: http:declaration.openscot.net #OpenEducation #Tunisia

@yamenbousrih

We have more cops responding better to more cases to get more resources into the system. Victims and their children deserve nothing less.

@JohnCarnochan

Astonished at how many people are judging a book by its cover. Did these people learn nothing in school? #CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory

@afjgillepsie

Kindness. A much underrated quality in teaching - and everything, in fact.

@KaySocLearn

Last night was the scariest night I've ever spent in a tent. The world was throwing all the weather at us.

@Hedzie

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