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The Decisive Element in the Classroom: The Teacher

September 17, 2014

Precept of the Day

The Dilemma

I have come to a frightening conclusion. I am the decisive element in the classroom. It is my personal approach that will create the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher I possess tremendous power to make a student’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 student humanized or de-humanized.

Haim Ginott

This has guided my professional practice for years. The responsibilities I have as a teacher are overwhelming. It is my responsibility to provide a safe classroom for all learners, to know my students’ learning and emotional needs, to plan engaging and differentiated instruction, to nurture professional relationships, parent relationships, and student relationships, AND to commit to lifelong learning. As one of my pre-service teachers remarked some time ago, “This is hard work!”  This is so true. It is not easy, but it affords the most rewarding joys you can ever imagine.Neon heart


Never forget the awesome responsibility you have to your students! What will you do in your classroom?



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