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.
I was lucky growing up in that I had a number of caring, compassionate teachers. But I also remember my sixth-grade teacher calling me out in front of the whole class for my conservative style of play in the gym during a game of Elimination (in which I finished in second place!). My daughter’s sixth-grade teacher also humiliated her in front of her class. Both instances were completely unnecessary.
I’ve talked to a couple of teachers recently who told me that kids today are far less respectful than my generation was. They said they are constantly challenged in ways that would have been shocking in my day. But still, these are kids we’re talking about, kids who are impressionable and who crave love, support and guidance. Raising and teaching kids is by no means easy, but it may be the most important work we can do.
Here are some more insightful quotes about teaching:
The great end of education is to discipline rather than furnish the mind; to train it to use its own powers, rather than to fill it with the accumulation of others.
It is a miracle the curiosity survives formal education.
The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm S. Forbes
The job of the teacher is to excite in the young a boundless sense of curiosity about life; so that the growing child shall come to apprehend it with an excitement tempered by awe and wonder.
Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.
In teaching, it is the method and not the content that is the message . . . the drawing out, not the pumping in.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward
A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.
Thomas Carruthers, Jr.
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
Mark Van Doren
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
George Bernard Shaw
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats
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