Ways of Seeing

The first things we learn about Zulay, a first grader with pigtails like two fluffy pompoms on top of her head and a big, bright smile, are that she likes numbers, she likes symmetry and she likes being connected to her friends. In her classroom, she tells us, “there are 22 chairs and 22 desks,” along with 22 pencils, books, hooks, smocks and people. She in one of “four best friends who help each other, four best friends who help themselves — Maya, Nancy, Zulay, and Chyng.” We soon see this mutuality in action when Maya helps Zulay draw a pyramid, then Zulay helps Maya understand tens and ones.

Read more at The New York Times.

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