I had to get something for one of my kids from the staff room today. Today was smooth. It was a nice change. I felt me again.
I did some soul searching during the weekend. I revisited my lessons for this week and put some Tina mojo into them. I tried to inspire and to really teach, not just administer lessons. I got in early. I was focused.
I left the class to go to the staff room. The kids were settled and calm and happy and engaged and learning.
I remembered my teaching quote. A quote that has governed my practice for as long as I can remember.
I am the deciding influence; I make or break the mood, and the kids.
I had forgotten. Today, I remembered, and today I was closer to a tool of inspiration rather than an instrument of torture, for most kids.