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Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul: Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Educators (Chicken Soup for the Soul) Paperback – September 4, 2012
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It's no secret that teachers are underpaid, overworked, and undervalued, and bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen have compiled Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul as both a tribute and encouragement to those who make a difference in the lives of their students. It's inspiration in bite-sized, manageable chunks. Under 11 different topical headings such as "A Day in the Life" and "Overcoming Obstacles," readers will discover motivating quotes ("Love first, teach second"), hilarious cartoons, and touching stories that combine to make this book a testimonial of thanks, sure to revitalize weary educators. Teachers, coaches, childcare professionals, and educators--from preschool to college, Sunday school to public school--will find in these pages a renewed passion for changing lives, and fresh vision to go the extra mile with every student. The essays are by turns entertaining, motivating, and funny, and most are deeply touching. Keep the Kleenex handy. --Cindy Crosby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jack Canfield is co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.
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The book is divided into 11 sections much like other Chicken Soup books here the sections are: A Day in the Life, Answering the Call, Love in the Classroom, Defining Moments, Making a Difference, The Classics, Overcoming Obstacles, Beyond the Classroom, Learning by Teaching, Insights and Lessons, and Thanks.
My favorite story in the book, the one I go back to most often, the one that I am able to flip right to is All the Good Things section six The Classics: the story of a teacher worried about her class becoming frustrated with themselves and each other. She stops and has them write one positive thing about each person in the class. She takes these and makes each student a list then hands those lists out to the students. Years later at the funeral of one of the students she discovers they all kept their lists. This story makes me cry every time! Actually many of these stories make me cry. Some also make me laugh or smile. The comics especially make me giggle.
This is a great book to give to any teacher, student teacher, principal, counselor, basically any school employee. This is also a great book for parents to read, you want to know what your child’s teacher’s day might be like read these stories. I don’t think these are stories of just exceptional teachers, there are teachers in every school, in every city, in every country in the world that work hard day in and day out to reach children to help them be the best they can be. This is what teachers aspire to.
recipies for everyone. Putting myself into the shoes of each author I tried to sense the feelings in their soul. Each teacher and student spoke from the heart. Surely one must be moved when another bares their soul, especially dealing with the trials and tribulations of working with children of all ages, trying to encourage them to learn and grow.
One never knows when a few words or seemingly routine trivial actions will have a profound impact on at least one other person. Eleanor Rooosevelt said it was better to light just one little candle than stumble in the dark. Most teachers cited light at least one candle a term,
regardless if they are teaching kindergarten or grade 12.
Let me share two here rather than send them in. The process of getting hired as a substitute teacher in many areas involves being interviewed and positively recommended for hire by a public school administrator. I went to my first interview perhaps not fully prepared psychologically. A
person asked me some questions over a desk: I could not answer them in K-12 teaching terms, having only previously taught college. The end result found an administrator suggesting I never be hired as a substitute. This was devastating and unexpected. Calling a peer at the education office, I was advised to out right away and get another interview. The second time, I was a bit more loose psychologically. The interviewers were very friendly. Good rapport waa established. I left that school toward the end of the afternoon with a strong rcommendation to be approved as a fine substitute teacher. Within 24 hours there were two interviews with oppostite resultsn. Isn't Clark Kent also Superman.
I started as an elementary school substitute. After a few weeks I subbed at the high school that viewed me favorably. Leaving the administrative offices after subbing one day I encountered two young boys who were not older than third graders. They proudly greeted me with "Hello Dr. K."
I highly recommend this book and your feedback.