Paez's first year of teaching was a great challenge, but she recalls one moment when her second-grade class helped her learn that the job of a teacher requires much more than to be an organized dispenser of curriculum or an efficient manager of individuals. Rather, it requires being a person who can stay in the moment, listen carefully, respond authentically, and thoughtfully guide students closer to becoming their own best selves.
Paez, M. (2004). Learning to Keep My Heart Open. Occasional Paper Series, 2004 (13). Retrieved from https://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2004/iss13/5