【校长随笔Principal’s Page】老师的角色 The Role of a Teacher
“I have come to a 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 that weather.
As a teacher I possess the tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or 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 de-humanized ”
--- by Haim Ginott
I was reviewing Ulink Staff handbook which was drafted by Mr. Oriko last year when I came across this quote he put before Preamble.
It’s one of my favorite quotes. I used to have it framed and hang by my desk in the classroom. It served as a reminder for me what role a teacher is and how powerful a teacher can be.
Teaching is not an easy job. A teacher’s role is not only to teach, to deliver the instruction. A teacher is responsible to help build students’ character, to inspire them as well.
As adults we all remember some of our teachers who have positive influence over us. We may have forgotten what they taught us in the classroom, but we may remember how they made us feel, how they shaped and changed us.
In Chinese, we often say a teacher’s job is “teaching books and educating people”. As a classroom teacher, building a good classroom climate and having a good rapport with students is more important than any classroom management strategies. Unless you have a mutual respect relationship with your students, your subject content instruction won’t result in desirable outcome.
It is important to get to know your students as individuals, and to interact with students to demonstrate that you are personally interested in them. This forms the necessary connections of trust and development of teacher-learner relationships required for effective classroom management and learning.