Received wisdom II

Some thoughts from Teachers’ Day …

(A day when students I don’t even know wish me and give me sweets. And I clear my throat and fiddle with the hem of my dress not knowing what to say … because I haven’t been a teacher long enough, just three years, to really feel like one. Will I ever feel like one?  Is there such a feeling?)

 

I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom.  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 humour, 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.

(Haim Ginott)

Antidote to the above:

The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you learned this afternoon.

(Anonymous)

Another antidote:

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.

(G.K. Chesterton)

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4 Comments »

  1. Quirky Indian said

    Hey, I forgot. Happy Teacher’s Day and all that. Belated, of course.

    Ginott, Anon and Mr. Chesterton – all of them right!

    And as for your questions: ‘Will I ever feel like one? Is there such a feeling?’, well you seem to have been born to be a teacher. And I mean that as a compliment.

    Cheers,

    Quirky Indian
    http://quirkyindian.wordpress.com

  2. Thanks, QI. You have to tell me that’s a compliment?! Tsk, tsk. I’m wounded. 🙂

    My own view is that of Chesterton’s.

  3. apu said

    “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.”

    I am reminded of the ‘Mighty’ Calvin in one episode, where he claims that he can mess with the plants by watering them and making them think that it is raining 🙂

  4. @apu:
    🙂 And rightly reminded too!

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