This timely entry comes from Matt Hillman at LeaderTalk—
I often am reminded of Dr. Haim Ginott’s quote on attitude at this time of the year:
“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 de-humanized”
The reaffirmation is this: teachers have the power and position to make this world wonderful . . . one student at a time.