Insightful words

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.



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