I have had mentors who live with the energy of young children. I
saw these mentors remain calm, focused, and passionate. They knew
how to be, so they were free to do. We instinctively follow and enjoy
being around people like this. They are people who see joy and create
hope as a way of living. They understand that the cornerstone of
children’s development is self-concept. They understand that through
purposeful play, this cornerstone can expand into a foundation for
children’s future. These teachers smile and laugh more often than they
frown, and they think of what is possible far more often than what is
not. They are masterful guides to young children and models to adults.
Living more like a child is critical for any adult aspiring to be a
master teacher. Embracing joy, love, risk, and knowledge leads to learn-
ing and growth. The most meaningful learning experiences are exactly
that—experiences; learning is not an event, it’s a process. I hope this
book opens doors to what is possible, brings joy into your life, and
instills hope for future generations. When you are ready to truly absorb
what follows, take a deep breath, grab your favorite beverage, find your
most comfortable nook, and enjoy.
Endeavor, enrich, and evolve.
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