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The Best Teacher in You by Gretchen M. Spreitzer, Mike Thomas, Katherine Heynoski, Robert E. Quinn

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CHAPTER 3

Opening the Mind: Embracing Deep Change

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.

—Alan Alda                       Commencement speech atConnecticut College, 1980

AARON HAS BEEN A TEACHER FOR 15 YEARS AND NOW TEACHES JUNIOR high math. What he loves most about his profession is interacting with kids. He seeks to draw out their enthusiasm and give them a vision of entering into a math occupation when they grow up. He uses that vision to draw his students into the world of mathematics:

As we enter a much more competitive global marketplace, there are a lot of students overseas who are willing to do a lot more work for a lot less money. What is going to separate my ...

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