In all of my years of living here on this wonderful planet, I have come to realize that we are product of our thoughts. My inner scientist knows that everything is connected in some way, shape, or form.
When you think beautiful thoughts, beautiful things are reflected back at you. My inner scientist knows this. More on that in a moment.
We were asked to conduct an informal course observation on other teachers. The purpose of this was twofold: we could offer feedback as colleagues and we could learn different styles and teaching practices so we could somehow incorporate those into our own classrooms.
The first teacher I observed – she was having a rough go at it. Earlier that morning, she stepped into the teachers lounge and griped about he coffee being to bitter an d strong. She moaned: why did someone take all the coffee creamer? She griped about having to pull extra duty and how she couldn’t wait until she could get home.
It wasn’t even 8 am yet.
Her attitude carried into her classroom, despite her best.. well, not so best attempts at masking her irritation. The students picked up on her and mirrored her reactions.
When it came time for the feedback after the observation, I figured out why she was in a bad mood. She was burnt out from her teaching career and she was counting the days until she could retire. Mind you, she had 7 more years left. My heart went out to her and her students. That’s 7 years of crankiness that students have to be exposed to.
Whenever I walk into my classroom, I am sure to greet my students with love and peace. Even in my worst mood, I find something good about the day. I find something good about my students. I find something good about life in general.
To be honest, when you’re working with amazing kiddos, it’s hard to stay in a sour mood. It really is. Their hopeful faces snap me right out of my world and I am doing what I love — to learn from them and to have them learn from me. And, before my students leave my classroom, I always remind them that I love them with all of my heart because they are my kiddos as well.
Just recently, I had a fellow colleague ask me: How do you get your students to learn? I find that they are lazy and always want you to do the work for them. Do you have any suggestions for me?
My response: Come from a place of love and the rest will follow.
Check out The Power of Thought for more information on the scientific aspect of reflecting your thoughts and creating your reality.
Meli Halstead is a kickass teacher who likes to help writers get their stories written using a variety of oracles. She has written and published several short stories in her life time. She also gives a voice to those who are trapped in the cruel world of human trafficking.