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At 10:30 on a recent Tuesday morning, the lesson in Beth Maloun’s classroom, where she sat at a table for two with 8-year-old Mason Stadler, was about recognizing patterns.
Laid out in front of them was a series of alternating cartoon drawings — stegosauruses, brontosauruses and other ancient creatures.
“Pterodactyl, pterodactyl,” the Berryton Elementary teacher read aloud, repeating the names of various dinosaurs each time their images cropped up in the patterned rows.
Resting his head on the palm of one hand, Mason scanned his options then placed one cut-out dinosaur, then another, into the scattered gaps in the rows. An occasional wrong answer prompted an inquisitive response from Maloun, encouraging the second-grader to try again.