SOESD / Learning Matters / Newsletter Archive / February 2007 / School Improvement Department Head Message
February is the time of year when educators and students can feel caught in the middle. Looking back to the beginning of the year seems so long ago and yet where did the time go? Looking ahead to June seems so far away and yet how will we accomplish all weíve set out to do in so little time? Itís THAT time of year and the School Improvement Team of SOESD is taking a moment to reflect on why we do what we do. We invite you to join us to reflect on teaching and learning, the most important work we do every day for our students.
I have come to a frightening conclusion.
I am the decisive element in the classroom.
It is my personal approach that creates
the emotional climate for learning.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
As a teacher, I possess tremendous power
to make a childís 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 deescalated,
and a child humanized or dehumanized.
Haim Ginott Ė written when he was a young teacher
In closing, letís all remember our work, teaching and learning. More important, letís remember the people of our work, teachers and students. Let us never forget that as the adults in this business, in whatever role we play, we have tremendous power and impact on our students. How we choose to do our work does make a difference!
Cynda S. Rickert