I have just discovered the following quote on a fellow EDC3100 learner’s blog –
“The only behaviour I can control is my own…
I have come to the 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 the tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.
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 humanised or dehumanised.”
Gilliot, H. (1972). Teacher and Child. New York: Avon Books.
I am undertaking an almost daunting task of completing two placements this semester. Two weeks into my three week placement, I have found reflection on the above quote very useful. I hope that by sharing this again that maybe someone else will find it useful for keeping a positive mindset whilst on our placement in October.