I’ve 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 tool of torture,
or an instrument of inspiration.
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 de-humanised.