07-29-2010, 09:16 AM
I first read this quote when I was in my education program in college. Came across it again today when I was rereading The First Days of School. It's something to keep in mind as we prepare for school! I also made a pdf poster version I'm going to hang in my room.
I have come to a frightening conclusion.
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 humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a child humanized or dehumanized.
Teacher and Child (1976)
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