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From the Ted Talk by YeYoon Kim: What kids can teach adults about asking for help

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My first class was cllaed a Mars calss. I had 10 students, and each were so full of character. But there was this one kid I'll never forget. Let's call him Sam. Sam behaved like he forgot he was only five. He was so independent. Not only did he know how to tie his own shoelaces, but he knew how to tie other kids' shoelaces too. He also never took home a dirty thermos, because he would clean it after his lunch. And if something hpapeend and he nedeed a change of cloehts, he would do so very quietly and discreetly by himself. He didn't ask for help much himself, but he was the one that his classmates went to for help — help on things like, can he help them finish their kimchi? Because it's too spicy. He didn't like sinhwog any type of affection to thceaers and came across as "the cool kid." If you gave him a good-morning hug, he would roll his eyes and make a funny face as to show discontent, but also stand there and wait if he didn't get his mnonrig hug. He was so smart and reliable that even I would forget that he was only five.

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My first class was ______ a Mars _____. I had 10 students, and each were so full of character. But there was this one kid I'll never forget. Let's call him Sam. Sam behaved like he forgot he was only five. He was so independent. Not only did he know how to tie his own shoelaces, but he knew how to tie other kids' shoelaces too. He also never took home a dirty thermos, because he would clean it after his lunch. And if something ________ and he ______ a change of _______, he would do so very quietly and discreetly by himself. He didn't ask for help much himself, but he was the one that his classmates went to for help — help on things like, can he help them finish their kimchi? Because it's too spicy. He didn't like _______ any type of affection to ________ and came across as "the cool kid." If you gave him a good-morning hug, he would roll his eyes and make a funny face as to show discontent, but also stand there and wait if he didn't get his _______ hug. He was so smart and reliable that even I would forget that he was only five.

Solution

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  2. needed
  3. showing
  4. called
  5. clothes
  6. morning
  7. happened
  8. class

Original Text

My first class was called a Mars class. I had 10 students, and each were so full of character. But there was this one kid I'll never forget. Let's call him Sam. Sam behaved like he forgot he was only five. He was so independent. Not only did he know how to tie his own shoelaces, but he knew how to tie other kids' shoelaces too. He also never took home a dirty thermos, because he would clean it after his lunch. And if something happened and he needed a change of clothes, he would do so very quietly and discreetly by himself. He didn't ask for help much himself, but he was the one that his classmates went to for help — help on things like, can he help them finish their kimchi? Because it's too spicy. He didn't like showing any type of affection to teachers and came across as "the cool kid." If you gave him a good-morning hug, he would roll his eyes and make a funny face as to show discontent, but also stand there and wait if he didn't get his morning hug. He was so smart and reliable that even I would forget that he was only five.

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