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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 6

Empowering Others:Teaching That Transforms

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

—Marianne WilliamsonA Return to Love       

VICKI IS A VETERAN FOURTH-GRADE TEACHER IN A SUBURBAN SCHOOL district. For her the most rewarding aspect of teaching is the results. But she is not talking about test scores. As Vicki explains, “It’s more the results of the change in students themselves and the growth in confidence …. Over the year you just see them blossom from timid or being afraid to try, to a ‘bring it on’ type attitude.”

Vicki then shared an example from the previous school year. On the first day of school, ...

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