Thursday, November 29, 2012

Am I the Only One Who Thought This Was About Camp Counselors?

The Teacher - An Instrument of Power
by Haim Ginott
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

This was always in our staff manual, but teacher was changed to counselor. I don't mean to suggest that we are the only people of good in kids' lives or that you're not allowed to be a human around them. But isn't this nice? 

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