A Long Time Coming…

24 Sep

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted to this blog.  Welcome back, I hope you’ll keep coming back.  We’ve had some technical problems, due to an overzealous web filter, but I think we’ll be back on track shortly.  So for now, just to get rolling.  I thought that I would share a quote that was brought to my attention by a colleague the other day.

“I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. 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 heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”

Haim Ginott

Reading and rereading this quote has provided me with a reminder of why we do what we do.  It has reminded me to keep perspective when buses do not run as planned or 12 students’ MAP tests freeze and cannot be resumed for 4 consecutive days.  So, if you see a smile on my face while walking amongst our students, chances are, I’ve got Mr. Ginott on my mind.


Have a great day!

3 Responses to “A Long Time Coming…”

  1. Mary Lou Donahoe September 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    I agree with Katie, we exert incredible influence in our students’ performance. Students’ will rise to our level of expectation.

  2. checkerhansen September 25, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    Thanjs for the reminder… And the smile!

  3. Katie September 25, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    Great quote. Kindness matters and positivity goes a long way!

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