In the previous blog posts, I explained how to use the choice theory in the classroom, fulfilling the student’s basic needs. As I said in the blog post about business, bosses and managers, we can consider the teacher as a manager, the boss of the class, or the leader of the class.
I have been running workshops for teachers for many years. I am shocked 100% of the time to discover that 3 or 4 years of teaching degree focuses mainly on curriculum and lesson plans and nothing on the teachers’ emotional intelligence or leadership abilities. In 100% of all my workshops, the teachers feel disappointed the information was not available for them before they started their teaching career.
Still, we can all choose to adopt this method of teaching at any time. What I tell them is, “It is never too late to start choosing differently. In the past, you didn’t know about this, so there was nothing to choose from. Now that you have the option whether to adopt or not, you can practice your choice muscle.”
The Deadly and Caring Habits of the Teacher
Here is a table that summarizes the deadly and caring habits of the teacher. It is not all or nothing. Some of them we have more and others less. The idea is to shrink the deadly behavior and make the caring habit bigger, stronger, and more consistent.
If you are a teacher, use them to evaluate yourself. Do not be too critical on yourself (it is deadly habit, after all). Just focus on the caring habits you use already and use them more. Pick one deadly habit of yours and make a goal to change it. Focus on changing one at a time. Caring is a learned skill.
Deadly teacher habits
Caring teacher habits
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When you find that the balance will lean toward the caring habits, it will automatically reflect on your student’s behavior and academic achievements. When this happens, you go to sleep with a sense of fulfillment and happiness and say, “I have made a huge difference in someone’s life today.”
Choice theory is very useful in relationships, parenting, teaching, and in business as they all focus on relationship building.
I was lucky to study it as part of my degree and I aim to share this info with all my clients and my readers. I hope you will find it magical as much as I did and make happy choices.
Remember, happiness is a choice!
Wishing you happy and successful choices,