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          Although no longer able to say hello from sunny Phoenix, I
          am happy to share a brief summary of S.J. Samuel's Saturday
          evening address at CRLA's spring conference.
 
          Samuels attempted to define the qualities of an outstanding
          teacher.  He began by saying that there is little relation
          between teacher competencies and student learning, citing a
          study in which no significant differences in reading were
          achieved in groups taught by teachers of the year award
          winners, those taught by teachers with masters degrees in
          reading, and those taught by teachers just out of college.
          Samuels said that great teachers have a human relations
          orientation.  He cited two successful coaches who claimed
          that their success was due to their ability to relate to
          players, not to superior technical knowledge.  The
          outstanding teacher sets goals and plans how to achieve
          these goals, then transfers these goals to students.  The
          outstanding teacher encourages students to see their
          possibilities as limitless, helps them set goals, and
          provides the means for achieving these goals.  The
          outstanding teacher has the ability to implant dreams in
          students and demands from students nothing less than their
          best.
 
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