Can a teacher ever have too much empathy?”
asked the middle-aged administrator with the black slicked-back hair on
my first interview for a teaching job. He asked it with a smirk,
seeming to enjoy watching me squirm at the small table as I probed my
mind for some form of an intelligent response. My trickling fountains
of sympathy were overflowing back then—fresh from student teaching at
an urban school in Waterloo, Iowa.
|Randy Bergman shares empathy and math skills with middle-school students in Hammond, Wis.|
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