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Inspirational Quote


Senior Member
I first read this quote when I was in my education program in college. Came across it again today when I was rereading The First Days of School. It's something to keep in mind as we prepare for school! I also made a pdf poster version I'm going to hang in my room.

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 the weather.
As a teacher I possess 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 de-escalated, and a child humanized or dehumanized.
~Haim Ginott
Teacher and Child (1976)
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Our principal gives us each a copy of this each year in our staff handbook! It is a nice reminder of our job!!


Full Member

What a great reminder for the beginning of the school year. I'm going to print a copy and put it in my Everything notebook! Thanks again:).


Senior Member
Thanks for reminding me of this. I think I'll print it to hang in my room as well. Thanks for the attachment.<!--lovestruck-->


Senior Member

Thanks for the reminder of this wonderful quote. I am going to put it next to my desk to see every day. We really do have so much responsibility and influence!


Senior Member

What a powerful reminder to us all as we prepare to touch the lives of another class of students...Thanks!


Junior Member
Thanks for sharing! This is a great quote to think about as a new school year begins.

Here is another one I found that I liked too. I hope you do too.

"Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task." Unsourced