Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrates Teachers: A Collection in Words and Photographs [NOOK Book]


Everyone can remember a special teacher in his or her life: someone who inspired them to achieve greatness, offered encouragement through difficult times, or simply made learning fun and exciting. The magic of Chicken Soup for the Soul takes an all-new direction in this enchanting collection of stories and accompanying photos that honor and celebrate the teachers and mentors in our lives.
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Everyone can remember a special teacher in his or her life: someone who inspired them to achieve greatness, offered encouragement through difficult times, or simply made learning fun and exciting. The magic of Chicken Soup for the Soul takes an all-new direction in this enchanting collection of stories and accompanying photos that honor and celebrate the teachers and mentors in our lives.
Through the artistry of acclaimed photographer Sharon J. Wohlmuth, readers are offered a glimpse into the hearts and minds of those who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in the lives of children. These soul-stirring pictures illuminate the teacher-student relationship in a whole new light and make readers feel a part of every moment in these touching stories.
The perfect gift for graduation, this delightful book will earn high marks with readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453277065
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 726,732
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. They are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.
 Sharon J. Wolmuth is a prizewinning photojournalist and lecturer who, for over twenty years, has covered national and international assignments for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her photographs have won many awards, and she shares the Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. Her work has appeared in Life, Newsweek, and People magazines. She is the co-creator of the bestselling books Mothers and Daughters and Sisters


While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

Good To Know

Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

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Getting to Know You: Anger and Couples

In this chapter, we explore the role of conflict in intimate relationships:
how past history can play into a present relationship and how to cultivate a healthy relationship. You will find out how to change destructive patterns.
You will learn tools and strategies for expressing anger in ways that support a strong and satisfying relationship with your partner.

The Peaks and Valleys of Intimacy

Sally and Greg's relationship is one of respect and mutual support. In their sixties, they love to play tennis and hike. Yet the two are very different people.
Sally has written and posted detailed instructions on how to load the dishwasher.
Greg lives for spontaneity and a bit of chaos. He likes to take off skiing at a moment's notice.

Greg compares their relationship to an effective football team: "The quarterback's skills are different from the linebacker's, but you need both to score points." Greg accepts that Sally's posted instructions and detailed
"to-do" lists are symbolic of her skill at organizing the household.
Sally realizes that Greg's fun-loving nature and spontaneity are part of what makes the family fun, making it easier for her to tolerate his sudden ski trips.
Their arguments tend to stay focused on the specific issue at hand and do not spill over into criticism of each other's personality traits.

It wasn't always like this. Greg admits, "Early on in our marriage, we both thought about divorce. We were so angry at each other. I guess what kept us together was that we came from broken families where divorce had hurt everybody.
We didn't want that."

The Road Not Taken

It's important to remember that conflict in a relationship actually demonstrates that partners care and that they trust each other enough to face those conflicts.
Successful conflict builds trust that leads to true intimacy and love. Most couples face challenges in their relationships. Relationships are filled with peaks and valleys. Often we view the peaks as the end-all and be-all. But while the valley may not have the breathtaking views of the mountaintop, it does have its own gifts: wildflowers, a sparkling brook and wild strawberries to taste and savor.

If you think of the very first mountaintop as the peak of infatuation and lust, you can probably remember a time that first valley seemed like such a disappointment. What a shock to discover you were traversing the mountain with someone who chews cereal loudly enough to wake up the neighboring campers. This progression out of initial infatuation may take you by surprise.

However, those couples who never fight, who never enter the valley, are at the most risk for eventual separation. We are surprised when the "perfect couple" separates because "they never argued." Exactly. Conflict,
successfully dealt with, builds the trust that is necessary for real love. And that is why time in the valley is so important.

Time in the valley can mean fighting about dirty dishes in the sink, coping with different communication styles, noticing little pet peeves or feeling uncomfortable with intimacy. Time in the valley means seeing the person for who he or she really is—not just the projection you fell head-over-heels for in the beginning. Often, people get the urge to exit the relationship when they enter the valley. For some, exiting means leaving the relationship; for others it is workaholism or emotional distance. These couples are missing one of the very first treats of the valley: the wildflowers.

As conflict comes up in a relationship, the wildflowers can be seen as the little (and big) things we learn about one another through conflict: each other's frailties, as well as strengths. If we approach our anger with care, it can open up a new world enabling us to stretch our comfort zones and grow. The sparkling brook may be the time you spend holding each other after successfully negotiating the troubled waters of your first real fight—ah, trust! And the wild strawberries may be the increased intimacy you experience over time: It takes work, but there's nothing like that taste! Once we traverse the valley, the next peak can be higher,
offering an even more amazing view than the first.

. . .

Cultivating a Vibrant Relationship: How Green Is Your Valley?

You need the right environment to nurture a relationship and help it grow.
Just as you cannot grow petunias in the desert, you cannot deal with conflict constructively if your relationship is arid. Look at the environment in which your relationship takes place: Are you kind to one another? Do you hurt each other often? Do you do special things for each other? Let little annoyances ride? Speak kindly? Say "thanks"?

Stephen Covey compares a relationship's strengths and stressors to a bank account. If your balance is low, a check can bounce; your account becomes overdrawn.
In relationships, we need to make deposits into our partner's account. Otherwise the balance will get low and little things will throw the account into negative territory. Then we will fight about little things—the bed is not made properly; there is not enough gas in the car; the dishes sat too long in the sink; and on and on. (Covey, 1989)

You can make deposits by kind words, hugs, helping out when not expected, a kind note on the refrigerator door, gifts or dinner out together. Here is a secret: Different people like to be loved in different ways. Ask your partner,
"What makes you feel loved?" For some people, it is a clean living room; for others, it is a loving word or an arm around them while they cook dinner.

When they were first married, Greg felt helpless when Sally cried. Later she told him, "I come with an instruction manual. When I cry, you don't need to say anything or fix the problem. Just hold me."

External forces also affect the relationship environment. Are your jobs satisfying,
demanding or horrific? Are finances strong or stressful? Are you both in good physical health? If you are feeling resentful for putting things into the partnership,
then it may be a sign you need to fill up your tank somewhere. You may find that exercise, a spiritual practice, nurturing friendships, women's or men's groups, or an engaging hobby can be helpful.

If something outside of the relationship is causing anger or stress, try not to take your anger out on your partner. People often project anger onto loved ones, because it may seem to be the safest place. Try to explore honestly where your anger is truly stemming from. Use your own exploration, or ask a friend or counselor for help. Then try to communicate honestly with your partner: "I'm really angry that my boss changed the deadline on this project. I'm not sure I can finish it in time and I feel like I'm ready to lose my cool at the least provocation."

. . .

Handling Conflict in Healthy Ways

What Do You Fight About?

There are two reasons to argue: one is to let off steam and the other is to resolve issues. Many times we think we want resolution, but the way we fight actually insures that there will not be resolution. Rather than let off steam, our fight creates a pressure cooker where each issue raised just adds to the pressure in the pot.

Over time couples tend to push each other's buttons, all the things that drive us crazy:

  • Household responsibilities/duties: "Why am I always the one to empty the dishwasher?"
  • Money: "You spent $500 on clothes?"
  • How to bring up their kids: "You're too strict with them."
  • Emotional availability: "You never want to talk."
  • Sex: In Woody Allen's film Annie Hall, Diane Keaton's character tells her therapist that they have sex "all the time, at least once a week,"
    while Woody Allen's character complains they "hardly ever have sex, about once a week."
  • Workload/balance: "You're never home."
  • Neatness or cleanliness: "Have you forgotten how to use a clothes hanger?"

If you find yourselves having the same arguments over and over, are you trying to change your partner to make him or her neater? More helpful? More emotionally present? What is lurking behind the fighting? Do you start fights in order to get closer to your partner? Frieda, a woman whose partner pushed her around,
admitted, "For me, an angry touch is better than no touch at all."
Or are you picking a fight to release stress? We all know our partners very well—enough to start a fight with them in two and a half seconds!

Examine How You Fight

Greg was a shouter. Sally was the silent-treatment type. She'd get her anger out in passive-aggressive ways, like saying something biting about Greg in front of his friends or implying Greg wasn't doing his share of the work around the house.

The most effective style in conflict resolution is to state the facts objectively,
let your partner know your reaction to those facts, state what you need or want,
and then listen to your partner to discover his/her perspective and needs.

What's your style? Do you run away from conflict? Do you push your anger down?
Or do you get louder and louder as a fight goes on, heaping on larger insults as your stone-faced mate stares you down?

Experiment with your style. Choose one or two new strategies from the menu below and write them on your Mad Pad as a reminder. Try them in your next few arguments:

  • Take Two: Taking a "time-out" can help you both regain perspective and fight from a "cooler" place, rather than fighting while your anger hormones are raging.
  • Watch Your Language: Avoid blaming and hurtful words.
  • Don't Throw or Catch Hot Potatoes: When a foul mood hits, you may be tempted to try to pass the anger and negativity off on someone else. You may get to pass it off this round, but it will return. Recognize when your partner throws a hot potato and bypass a fight by not engaging.
  • Admit Your Frailties: Ask for forgiveness when you are wrong. "Please forgive me" can be the sweetest words to your partner's ears. The words may be hard to say, but they work like Miracle-Gro™ on the marriage tree.
  • Don't Interrupt: If you find yourselves interrupting each other, use a timer. Take turns while each person talks uninterrupted for five minutes.
  • Shift the Pattern: Try changing your behavior. For example, if you usually disagree with his/her points, try to agree. Walk down a different path to get different results.
  • Appreciation: Acknowledge something positive about your partner.
  • Conscious Conflict: You will find more strategies and a whole framework for resolving conflict in chapter 8.

The Heebie-Jeebies

You haven't had an unhealthy fight in three weeks. You feel more appreciated than ever before, and blossoms are blooming on the marriage tree. Does this new intimacy make you nervous? Maybe you're waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Maybe yelling made you feel more powerful. Maybe you're a chaos junkie—to feel fully alive you need drama in your life, and fighting provided the drama.
Ask yourself what you really want.

Sometimes people react to intimacy by growing numb. They find that old feelings of fear and helplessness come up and so they push their partners away in an effort not to feel. They may think they are falling out of love. They do whatever it takes to drive their partner away, but as soon as their partner becomes distant,
they appear immensely desirable. We want them gone but fight to get them back.
We call this dynamic "go away closer." Sometimes we push a loved one to see just how far we can go. "Will she still love me if I don't act lovable?"
Neither of these is healthy behavior, and is probably rooted in ancient history.
A therapist or counselor may be helpful as you work to explore and to change such behavior.

Many of us try to justify our own end of a disagreement. We think that if the other person just understood why we did what we did, they'd realize we're right. The problem with justifying is that it's only about "me." Try sharing the stage. If you find yourself trying to convince your partner of your motives and correctness, try this in your next fight: Stop justifying yourself for just a minute. Instead, attempt to hear what the person is saying. Rather than seeking to prove that you didn't mean to hurt him or her and explaining your actions, say, "I'm sorry that ___________ hurt you." After your partner's hurt feelings have been acknowledged, he or she might be more willing to hear that a mistake is only a mistake.

For the Hot-Headed

If you tend to lose your temper easily, here's a simple exercise to cultivate patience:

  • Next time you lose your temper, instead of focusing on your shame or who's to blame afterwards, take time to reimagine the situation. Recall how anger or resentment built up before the explosion. How could you have addressed your needs sooner, before the pressure intensified? Is there a way you could have acted without yelling at, blaming or hurting your partner? Could you have taken a time-out?
  • Close your eyes and picture yourself in a similar situation in the future,
    doing everything right: monitoring your feelings, noticing when anger and resentment surface, and addressing your needs in a healthy way.

You may want to make notes about this on your Mad Pad.

Sometimes people are addicted to the hormone rushes of shouting, lashing out or expressing anger in other unhealthy ways. If you begin to wean yourself from the hostile response, you may find yourself feeling a bit bored. Such feelings of boredom are normal for a while.

And Remember This

Usually, what we take personally is not personal at all. You and your partner each react to behaviors that set something off in you. Your partner probably isn't trying to hurt you, and you're not trying to hurt him or her. You're both reacting to pain you carry from past experiences.

Resolving conflicts, sharing experiences and showing love for one another—emotionally,
physically and sexually—keep people together. Where there are plenty of hugs, kisses, snuggles, compliments, shared pleasures and common activities,
self-esteem grows. With this comes the joy of giving of yourself. In such a loving and healthy environment, you can express anger in a way that increases understanding and allows intimacy to flourish.

©2003. Jane Middelton-Moz, M.S., Lisa Tener, M.S., Peaco Todd, M.A. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Good and Mad


No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher:
Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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Table of Contents

The First Day of School 1
A Teacher's Lament 7
Precious Gift of Language 9
Journal Power 15
Second-Grade Math 19
Un-Thanked People 23
Student Teacher 27
Clarissa's Space 33
Tommy Was Real 41
Snow Angels 46
Lilies of the Valley 55
The Principal Is Their Pal 61
Wonderfulness 68
Mrs. Keeling's Class 73
Petals of Thanks 79
Contributors 86
Permissions 89
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