Totally Positive Teaching: A Five-Stage Approach to Energizing Students and Teachers

Totally Positive Teaching: A Five-Stage Approach to Energizing Students and Teachers

Totally Positive Teaching: A Five-Stage Approach to Energizing Students and Teachers

Totally Positive Teaching: A Five-Stage Approach to Energizing Students and Teachers

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While working out at the Bally Gym on Long Island, I asked Frank, a fellow member, whether he remembered a special teacher from his school days. [Miss Maxon,] he replied. Frank was 15 when Miss Maxon taught her math lessons for the ages. Miss Maxon has surely passed away, because Frank describes her as having gray hair in 1932. His warm feeling for her today testifies to the powerful positive impact that a great teacher has on the life of her students. Miss Maxon isn't dead. She lives on in the hearts and minds of the many hundreds of Franks who still remember her name and see her face as a vision of all that is ideal from their childhood. She has gained a special immortality—a priceless reward that is potentially available to any motivated member of the teaching profession.

A teacher is in a position to acquire what few jobs in our society are capable of delivering—that special kind of immortality. A great teacher is never forgotten. Not at student reunions, not in the hallways or cafeteria of that lucky school where he taught, and most of all, not by the students who learned because a master teacher made learning a fulfilling experience. Such a teacher can have an effect on the lives of generations of human beings. A master teacher fosters a love of learning in the subject she teaches.

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