Classroom Environment · Teaching

A Teacher’s Mood

As teachers, we have a huge impact on what happens in our classroom. We are all responsible for the energy we bring into a space – what kind of energy do you bring into your classroom?

  • Are you genuinely interested in your students?
  • Do you model the values and behaviours you expect of your students?
  • Do you get to know your students as people?
  • Do you have insight into your own life?
  • Are you fair in managing student behaviour?
  • Do you convey a sense of hope and a positive view of life?
  • Do you offer compliments?
  • Do you refrain from gossip and harsh words?
  • Do you feel appreciative of the good things in your life?
  • Do you use your sense of humour?
  • Do you live with imperfection and accept failures/shortcomings as well as successes?
  • Do you offer and receive forgiveness?

I’ll end this post with Haim Ginott’s words:

I have come to the frightening conclusion that:

I am the decisive element in the classroom.

It is my personal approach that creates the climate.

It is my daily mood that makes the weather.

As a teacher I possess tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.

I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal.

In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated,

and a child humanised or dehumanised.


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