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Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul: Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirit of Educators
     

Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul: Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirit of Educators

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by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen
 

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What school-age child hasn't dreamed of being a teacher at one time or another? How demanding could a career filled with art projects, field trips, apples for the teacher and sing-alongs be? Now you're all grown-up and have become a teacher -- and the first thing you've learned is that your childhood beliefs belonged to the era of the one-room schoolhouse. Today

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What school-age child hasn't dreamed of being a teacher at one time or another? How demanding could a career filled with art projects, field trips, apples for the teacher and sing-alongs be? Now you're all grown-up and have become a teacher -- and the first thing you've learned is that your childhood beliefs belonged to the era of the one-room schoolhouse. Today you're coping with low pay, standardized testing, school violence, large class sizes -- the challenges can seem insurmountable! But it is precisely because of these factors that you are needed now more than ever and have more opportunities to have a lasting impact on the lives of those you teach. Written by a wide range of teachers, counselors, administrators, educational consultants and former students, the stories in Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul provide insight into the trials, tribulations and triumphs of those in the education field, and will remind you -- and anyone who works with children -- that you can make a difference to your students. These stories will show that you have the power to help your students believe in themselves and give them a glimpse of what they might become. You'll be inspired to go the extra mile to make learning fun and meaningful for every student. And you'll see how your fellow educators inspire their students to dream and broaden their horizons. Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul is required reading for every teacher, professor, childcare professional, school principal, counselor and teacher's aide. You will learn treasured lessons on the importance of encouragement, the power of love, the value of taking a risk in the classroom, and the need for mentors and allies. As an educator, you will recognize yourself and your students in these stories of hope and love. You will see your growing challenges as newfound opportunities to transform lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558749788
Publisher:
Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/11/2002
Series:
Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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A Humble Gift

It is the last day of the school year and I stand empty-handed with no gift to give you. It isn't that I haven't tried to think of something thoughtful and kind—quite the contrary. For months, I have combed catalogs, browsed specialty shops and department stores, inquired in novelty shops, and even searched the Internet only to realize that no bauble or trinket or card could express the feelings of a mother's grateful heart for a teacher's loving dedication. How I wish a colorful bundle of fresh wildflowers could reflect the beauty of your way with children—the constant patience and nurturing, the gentle encouragement. A keepsake basket laden with soothing soaps and bath oils would eventually serve only as a common gift were its sturdy, woven walls not filled to overflowing with examples of the individual ways you have touched the lives of your students. Jewelry would be nice, but what can I afford that would not soon tarnish or grow quickly out of style? You deserve the gems of

royalty for your perseverance and creativity, your devotion and talent. During the past year, I have given you many gifts, mostly intangible ones.

My first gift arrived at the moment the first school bell rang last August, when I placed in you my trust, believing you would teach my child and reserve respect for me as a parent. I added to that my constant and fervent prayers that you would be objective and fair, with the ability to set limitations while offering my child a chance to learn self-control and to soar a bit in the process. I sincerely petitioned that your classroom would be a safe haven for my child to grow and learn, lending itself to the crazy, yet somehow perfect mixture of self-discipline and controlled instruction. I prayed for your health and your happiness, and for your ability to be supplied with the tools necessary to complete your task as teacher, educator and mentor. I offered you my time as often as I could, and my support for your endeavors. Occasionally, I even offered you a challenge when I spoke my mind, sometimes—standing firm, sometimes backing down with a renewed assurance or a “wait and see” attitude.

I wish with all my heart that I could put a delicate ribbon on a gaily wrapped package and give you a “something” to express my appreciation and affection. But I have nothing to give you that would surpass the most precious gift I have ever had to offer and which you already so graciously accepted months ago—the one you have held close to your heart, laughed with and probably cried with, applauded and scolded, lifted and encouraged, molded and shaped—my child.

And today, as my child returns to my side for the summer, the gift I humbly give to you is found deep within my heart . . .

I give you my thanks.

Amanda Krug


¬2002. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. 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.

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, have dedicated their lives to the personal and professional growth of others. Jack Canfield has a master's degree in education and was a classroom teacher in Chicago, Iowa and Massachusetts. For over thirty years, he has conducted training seminars in hundreds of school districts and educational associations around the world. He has coauthored books on self-esteem in the classroom and several curriculum guides.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, have dedicated their lives to the personal and professional growth of others. Mark Victor Hansen has also worked with teachers worldwide in his career as a motivational speaker.

Brief Biography

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

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Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul: Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirit of Educators 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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I can't even begin to do the Chicken Soup For The Soul series justice by trying to write a simple review for any of the books in the series. I have read so many of these books that we'd be here all day for me just to give you the names of the ones that I have read. Furthermore, I have given countless others away as gifts to family and friends. All I can say is that each book is everything that I expected and more. I would definitely recommend any one of the books in this series for you and/or someone that you love. For anyone who feels bound by their anger, guilt, hurt or pain, I also recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score." I thought that "When God Stopped Keeping Score" was just about overcoming forgiveness, I soon learned, it was about so much more than that. The author actually pulls back the curtain to his own life, to offer an intimate look at the true power of forgiveness and reveals the emotional price that you must be willing to pay to live without it. All of this, while still offering up interesting and often tear worthy stories that showed you just how you should deal with friends, family and more importantly, yourself when things do go wrong. The author more importantly reveals the key to keeping these relationships strong even in the face of adversity. Read the story of Donna and I Can't! It is a must read, Having read it, I feel like a better person. Maybe that's because this book spoke to me and not down to me. I have read a lot of books that was written like I didn't know anything. What the author of "When God Stopped Keeping Score" does is talk to you like a friend. I needed that. You will understand why when you read it for yourself. It is on sale here on BN.com.
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I read this as a new teacher and it really inspired me. Any teacher, new or experienced should read this book. I even read some of the stories to my high school students as inspiration!! They enjoyed it and asked for more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Chicken Soup books are always great reading, but this one is special. I am a bit biased, no doubt, because I have a story included in this one.But it is also special because as a educator with 36 years experience in the classroom, the stories still have the ability to give me goosebumps!