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Teaching Is A Work of Heart

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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.


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Karen Stone has over 35 years experience in education from preschool-college. She has a BA in Special Ed and MA in Learning Disabilities. Not only a professional in the field but also a parent of a child with significant disabilities. Her business experience includes 5 years as manager of an after-school tutoring program in 9 counties of NJ. She is currently the CEO of SoftStone Products, Inc. Karen has written children’s Emotional Intelligence programs (Pre-school-HS) research-based and piloted. This program is complete with classroom curriculums and parent guides. Karen writes an anti-bullying blog with now over 100,000 followers. She is currently giving in-service workshops in school districts receiving many positive comments. She is also a motivational speaker and author of a children's book and CD. Her passion and life’s work is helping to create emotionally safe environments in school and at home so that each child has the opportunity to reach his/her unique potential. She lost her beautiful son to Melanoma a year ago and has been able to sustain his passing thanks to her ability to maintain an emotionally safe internal dialogue. Currently, working to create a grief support group teaching these important life sustaining skills..

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