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A Cup of Comfort for Teachers: Heartwarming stories of people who mentor, motivate, and inspire

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"It's the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." --Albert Einstein Every single day in countless classrooms all around the world, teachers inform young... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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I initially bought this book for my daughter, a veteran of over 19 years of teaching first grade. Before giving her the book I read through the first chapter, or story, and was hooked. Being one who likes getting his monies worth, I proceeded to read the entire work. I must state right now that there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that teachers hold, beyond a doubt, the most important positions in our society, bar none. As I look back over my past, beginning with kindergarten and attending grad school, on through a very fulfilling work career and delightfully exciting and even more fulfilling personal life, raising a family and living in general, I realized that no group of people, family included, has had more influence on my life; every aspect of my life! I am what I am today because of my teachers. I have also observed the state of, life of and life of teaches for many years now. I can think of no profession that is quite so under paid, under appreciated, has a more day in and day out task and so much responsibility. Those "easy jobs" where you only work part of the year and have summers "off" are a complete myth. A teacher is "on" 24/7, three hundred sixty five days of the year. This book is a collection of the stories from 51 different teachers, all of which are an absolute inspiration. These stories taken from the lives of these remarkable individuals inspire, lift the spirit, motivate and most of all leave you in awe of the job these folks are doing for us. Some of the stories are funny, some rather whimsical, some have a rather sad aspect and some reach your heart is a very special way. This collection is well written and Colleen Sell has done a wonderful job of editing; taking a wonderful cross section of individual experiences and blending them into a work that is really quite remarkable and quite comprehensive. If you read closely you will find an underlying theme; that of dedication and love of children, learning, teaching and guiding. Each story also has a comforting effect, one that leaves the reader with hope and a bright positive attitude. This is the perfect gift for any teacher although it really should be read by anyone who has a child in school and certainly should be read by any young person contemplating becoming a teacher themselves. They should make this work a mandatory read; first during the beginning teacher's freshman year and again upon the year they graduate. My highest recommendation goes with this work. Don Blankenship The Ozarks

A great collection of true stories

Teachers, students, and anyone who has been a teacher or student will enjoy these stories. This should be must reading for anyone learning to be a teacher, a most noble profession and one that is immensely rewarding.

Teachers Need to Know

The work of a teacher is a daunting sacred trust that is placed on a mere mortal. The work is hard, the hours long, and the pay -- whatever it may be -- is insufficient. Teachers need to be able to stop and deliberately refuel emotionally on a regular basis. The life of a teacher has many days when one wonders whether all that is involved is worth it. Kids aren't always too generous in letting teachers know that they are appreciated. While some parents go out of their way to acknowledge their child's teacher, others treat teachers as a public utility of sorts: -- I pay taxes; create miracles with my child -- it's your job! So, in the midst of the ongoing challenges that define the life of a teacher, especially during those times when there seems to be little hope, teachers need to be able to reach for some external sources of inspiration and reinforcement. A Cup of Comfort is one of those refueling sources . It is a wonderfully inspiring book of success stories. Many of the stories are of teachers who made a pivotal impact in the life of a student through their generosity of spirit and their unwillingness to give up. Comfort offers glimpses of the miracles and hope that education can make in the life of a student through the work of dedicated and caring teachers. A wonderful book for all teachers! Daniel J. Maloney Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

A Cup of Inspiration

I found this book to be especially warming and encouraging. The best story by far is the last in the book, appropriately title "The Last One Out" by Priscilla Whitley. Not only is it written in eloquent style, but it tells the an inspiring story of one teacher doing the best he can to make a difference. I encourage everyone of all ages to read this book.
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