The only way I will know if you understand what we learn in class is IF you tell me!
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“Mit jeder neu gelernten Sprache erwirbst du eine neue Seele.” (“Each time you learn a new language you acquire a new soul.” -Czech proverb )
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I have come to the frightening conclusion that 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 have a tremendous power to make a child’s 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, a child humanized or dehumanized.