the essence of it all

The Power of Personal Relationships
By Thomas S. Mawhinney and Laura L. Sagan
Phi Delta Kappan, March 2007

The essence, the very essence, of what I believe as an educator is summed up in this understanding:

We now understand that higher-level thinking is more likely to occur in the brain of a student who is emotionally secure than in the brain of a student who is scared, upset, anxious, or stressed. (para.5)


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