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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