Inspiring quote on how important your frame of mind is when you're teaching

A colleague of mine sent this to us today. It made me take pause. I hope I can remember it each day before I enter the classroom. Being thoughtful about everything we do is both challenging and beyond rewarding. Enjoy.

I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom.  My personal approach creates the climate.  My daily mood makes the weather.  As a teacher, I possess 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, 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.

- Hiam Ginott

arvind s. grover

I am a progressive educator, a podcaster (, a blogger, and dean of faculty of JK-11 school (building a high school) in New York City.