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People wonder what is the

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People wonder what is the difference between good teachers and GREAT teachers? This is it. Teachers who strive to make their classroom a community built on trust, safety, and a place where all students are celebrated will show the results of deeper learning and inquisitive minds. Good teachers can teach, GREAT teachers inspire. Thank you, Edutopia, for sharing such an amazing article.

Originator, empathic education

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I couldn't agree with you more.

Please visit my website: http://www.empathiceducation.

I have been working for years

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I have been working for years on this very thing! I follow the work of Dr. Barbara Fredrickson of University of Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her work is very enlightening on the power of both negative and positive emotions.
My blog ( allkidscanflourish.blogspot.com) is filled with stories of how I incorporate positive strategies to reduce the impact of stress as well a s promote learning. Here is a link to a presentation I did as well.
http://www.slideshare.net/educator_with_a_heart/positive-climatereformsy...
Thanks for the article..so important!

School Counselor

I believe when teachers are

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I believe when teachers are happy, students are provided a great opportunity to learn. When students learn and grow, happiness will be shared by both teacher and students.

Your blog has provided some great hooks to get student's attention and may lead to happiness. Providing a safe environment for students is paramount for any learning to happen and may lead to happiness. I don't believe happiness is a goal. Happiness is a by-product of effective teaching. I am confident that a happy teacher is on the way to be an effective teacher.

One business model is to put employee happiness first, costumer happiness second and share holder happiness third. Happy employees will go the extra mile to make costumer happy. Happy customers will spread the word and a company (school) develop more customers. More costumers make share holders happy.

Teacher, Blogger - "Diary of a Public School Teacher", Global Collaborator

Happy Students = Happy Teachers!

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I believe when the kids are happy, the teachers are happy. (As long as it's for the right reasons of course).
http://oldschoolteach.blogspot.com/2013/02/if-youre-happy-and-you-know-i...

Project manager, Conscious Dimensions LLC.

Conscious Dimensions® has

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Conscious Dimensions® has created a multi-dimensional journey for personal awareness that can be experienced in various media and educational formats from video gaming to classroom teaching. Just as individual awareness is a life-long evolution, the context in which this evolution takes place is a shifting consciousness as well.
Incorporating Fractal Time calculations/biofeedback, players will be able to calculate the probability their avatar will make the same mistakes again in future levels of the game, providing important in-game advantages.
The player learns about themselves and others while playing.
We are a start up, getting funding, and really believe that if students can learn about themselves and others, they can become a happy, productive member of society.

Educational Consultant/Author, Southern California

Classrooms as Safe Zones

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Emotional safety, for students and teachers, encourages learning optimism and excitement. Kids are naturally curious, and with the reasonable expectation of respect, students can participate in classroom activities that produce solid learning for the long term. Positive teacher input for the tiniest success is a seed for future learning, praise is the Miracle-Gro.

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