“我已得出一个惊人的结论。我本人就是教室的决定因素。我个人采用的方法营造了‘气候’。我每日的情绪即是‘天气’。作为一名教师,我拥有巨大威力,它既能使一个孩子的日子不好过,也能令他充满愉悦。我可以嘲弄他,也可以幽默一下;可以伤害他,也可以安慰他。无论何种情况,我的决策和反应决定了到底是将问题深化,还是将其大事化小;究竟是要教化一个孩子,还是要使他失去教化。”

我在审阅Oriko先生去年起草的领科的员工手册时,看到他在序言之前放上的这段话。

这是我最喜欢的教育格言之一。我曾经把它放进相框,挂在我教室的教桌旁边。它提醒我一个老师的角色是什么,教师有多么强大的威力。

教书不是件容易的事情。教师的角色不仅仅是教书,传授知识。教师有责任帮助培养学生的品格,激发他们的潜在能力。

作为成年人,我们都记得一些对我们有积极影响的老师。我们可能忘记了他们在课堂上教给我们的知识,但我们一定记得他们带给我们什么样的感受,如何关心我们,是否尊重我们,他们是如何塑造和改变我们的。

在中文里,我们经常说老师的工作是“教书和教育人”。作为教师,建立良好的课堂气氛并与学生保持良好的关系比任何课堂管理策略更重要。除非你与学生之间建有良好的相互尊重的关系,否则你的教学将不会产生理想的结果。

非常重要的是,你要把你的学生作为独立的个体去了解,并与学生有积极的互动,他们相信你对他们关心,感兴趣。这才能形成对有效课堂管理和学习所必需的条件,也就是教师与学习者的相互信任和尊重。

(感谢郑正华老师帮助翻译Haim Ginott的格言)

 

 

“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.