Haim Ginott wrote:
I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom.
It’s my personal approach that creates the climate.
It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a
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 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.
A teacher at a local preschool was kind enough to share this with me. It struck me as one of the truest statements I have ever read. His honesty was riveting. His use of strong language was nothing less than powerful. As an educator for over 45 years, I believe that this happens every day in every classroom around the world. I venture to say that not many teachers hold themselves to this standard or this level of determination of how much an effect that they have on a child’s life.
Please share this with all the teachers you know, parents too! Perhaps it will create a moment of reflection. Perhaps it will change the course of tide in a classroom. Whether you have been teaching for many years or new to the profession, change is always possible and inevitable when we want it to be. We can always do better for each day and each moment is an opportunity to do just that. This work of the heart inspired me and I am passing it forward.