I had conversations with two different students today. Both were legitimately irritated at a teacher (one at me and one at someone else). They had every reason to be angry, because the teacher was doing something that could, from an individual student's perspective, entirely unfair. However, the teacher was looking at the big picture and was, from his/her perspective, being fair.
So why do we have so much trouble seeing the world from someone else's perspective? Why do we become frustrated with other people when the other people are just doing their best? It's probably part of the human condition that this happens, but I really think it's something we should all try to change.
We do it because we're human, but we also have the power to change. So, people, let's change!!! I will make it one of my personal September Resolutions (I don't do New Year's Resolutions in January, because my new year starts in September) to change my classroom for the better. I vow to analyze my classroom structures and behaviour not only from the perspective of a successful classroom but also from the perspective of individual students. I've always tried to do this, but I will make even more of an effort.
What I need you all to do is to let me know when I've messed up. But wait... I need you to do this in a respectful and appropriate way. For example, you might not want to yell out, "Ms. Sanders, you SUCK!" as that is neither respectful or appropriate. However, you could say, "Hey, Ms. Sanders, could I chat with you about something that's bothering me?" and then I'd say, "Sure, let's step outside for a sec." Easy peasy.
Thanks for reading!
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