Sherry Terrel has this wonderful slideshow featuring some excellent tips on classroom management .
As I was going through its content , a quote stood out to me and just wanted to highlight it here for you :
I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It's my daily mood that 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 or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized. " Dr.Haim Ginott.