The New York Times has an article today titled When the Heart Pays the Price of Anger. It’s about the negative consequences — on ourselves — that can happen when we let anger control us. The headline of this post is the last line of that column.
I think it’s worth reading and keeping in mind as we teach in our classroom (and as we operate in other aspects of our world).
Related advice comes from Marvin Marshall, who is my favorite (by far) writer/thinker on positive classroom management. He’s written question that we as teachers might want to consider asking ourselves regularly. He wrote:
Will what I am about to do or say bring me closer or will it push me away farther from the person with whom I am communicating?
Of course, we’re just human and all of this is far “easier said than done.” But it’s not a bad level to aspire towards…