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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.


Another antidote:

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

(G.K. Chesterton)

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