Haim Ginott once said” I have come to a frightening conclusion. I am the decisive element in my 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 my students life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or hurt, humor or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and my student humanized or de-humanized.”
Upon reading this, I am constantly reminded that all our “choices” have a consequence. Only we are in control of this.
Food for Thought:
Stop and Think: Be Proactive vs. Reactive
Be mindful of difficult moments