I have come to the 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 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 dehumanized.
(Arrived in my in-box via Facebook from Arkansas-based Wild About Learning Academy)
…and so… as we hardly ever get to choose our teachers’ children in the conventional system… and as we had virtually no control or influence over a teacher who either through choice or just ignorance is this “tool of torture” rather than an “an instrument of inspiration” …and so… we choose to not roll the dice and take that risk.
Photo credit: Inspiration, by photosteve101