TEACHER- Dr. Haim Ginott

“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 humour, hurt or heal. In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escaped or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.”


3 Replies to “TEACHER- Dr. Haim Ginott”

  1. I first saw Haim Ginott’s quote about the awesome power of the teacher, twenty years ago. That quote sits with me today as I continue to look at pupils in my current school. Among the pupils are many wonderful children, some are refugees who have seen the horrors of The Sudan, some are children of parents who suffer various dysfunctions. Many of our pupils are happy kids from backgrounds we would like for every family. Nonetheless each needs nurturing, caring, kindness and affirmation – exactly what we as adults also crave. For each child in the school, our teachers can give all of these strengths and empowerments, particularly if they, too, are empowered through the very same factors. Haim Ginott’s quote is is true. Phil Quin

  2. I too hav efound this a very inspirational quote and have just recently been trying to reference it. I thought i had probalby come across it in Ginott’s book “Beteween parent and child” but I can’t seem to find it there. Would anyone know where it is written?

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