Oh, Mom, you know!
No, tell me, tell me, do you like her/him?
You guess? Don't you know right away, after the first few minutes?
Mom, do you want your students to judge you just after a few minutes?
Ah, wise children!
They must have heard me. Yes, I must have talked about this boy who...;that girl, that administrator, that teacher. They heard me say over and over again that people are complex being, even as children; that their needs shaped their behavior.
I must have convinced them of the veracity of that observation. In my case, as a teacher and then administrator of middle school and high school students, I saw students became animals or angels right in front of my eyes, at the drop of a pen. And if they were physically harmed, or hungry, or anxious, their whole personality was affected.
"But, but, do you like Mrs...?"
And the answer to that question made all the difference. If a child instinctively accepted the teacher, their journey in that class was easier, saner.
Yes! We are defined first and foremost by our ability to see possibilities of good in front of us. We are, after all, creatures who are constantly amazed at our own abilities to invent, create, love.
Tell me, how did you enjoy your school years?