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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 4

Opening the Heart: Enhancing Relationships

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

—Carl Jung            The Gifted Child

SARAH IS A HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER. SHE HAS SEVEN YEARS of experience, yet she speaks with the wisdom of someone who has been teaching for 30. Since the beginning of her career, she has taught in a large urban district. She knows her content well but, as Jung suggests in the epigraph, her content is just the “necessary raw material.” It is an excuse to form relationships that grow children. She is particularly ...

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