In the past, I have read some of Daniel Goleman’s books and they always resonated with me, but I’m not sure I actually changed much as a teacher and colleague as a result . This year, one of my professional and personal goals is to learn more about Social Emotional Learning in order to make positive changes to the way I interact with students and colleagues.
I’ve started my learning journey this year by focusing on the word “dignity”. When thinking about how I communicate with students and colleagues, I really like the second definition from dictionary.com for dignity: nobility or elevation of character; worthiness. That sounds like something an educator should be doing for others, as well as for themselves.
As expected, I haven’t been completely successful, early in the year, when I was getting tired towards the end of the day, I used public discipline instead of private reminders. I quickly realized what I had done, and found ways to rebuild the relationship over the next couple of class periods with the student. After the class when I was thinking about what had happened, I remembered a cliché from teachers’ college: “praise in public and discipline in private”. If I keep this in mind, it will help me maintain my dignity as well as that of my students.
That will help me when I’m speaking with others, but how about when I’m listening?
Recently, a member of my On-line Professional Learning Community has turned me on to the blog titled: Leadership Freak. In one of his recent postings, Dan Rockwell talks about listening. I’m thinking about what he has to say and I’ll be trying some of his ideas over the next couple weeks. I’ll keep your posted…
In closing, I’ll leave you with a quote.
“Dignity does not consist of possessing honours, but in deserving them.” ~Aristotle
What helps you retain dignity for yourself and others? I’d love to hear.