Who controls the climate in your home?
Who does control the climate in your home? By climate I mean emotional climate, is there someone whose behaviour decides if it is sunny or stormy? Although it is often a combination of everyone, more often than not there seems to be one person who possess the primary power to influence the mood in a home.
I recall back in the early 1990’s in my teacher training, being told that one of the roles of the class teacher was to control the climate, the theory came from Haim Ginott who famously quoted
“I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. 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 heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”
With the words of Ginott in mind, on Monday 6th January, the staff at Hazeley worked with those at our partner school Shenley Brook End, in the 5 Dimensions Trust, to sharpen their skills on “climate control”. More specifically they attended a range of personalised seminars led by experts from across the city, on topics including attachment theory, mental health and addressing controversial issues.
Ginott may have left us shortly after I was born, but I still believe that teachers are the deceive element in the classroom. I also know that it is our role as school leaders and parents to support them in being great versions of themselves so that they can craft the climate that our children deserve.
We are blessed at Hazeley to have so many supportive parents who work closely with the academy so that we can shape the climate in our interconnected worlds of school and home. It can be hard on occasions when a young person seems intent on creating a few storm clouds, it can be made even more challenging when life throws in some additional challenges, but by working together (and to push the metaphor to its limit) we can weather the storms and create a brighter future.
Please remember if you ever have any concerns about your child’s pastoral welfare the first port of call should be their form tutor, for subject specific issues it should be their class teacher. You will be able to find the details on go4schools or The Hazeley Academy Website.
I would like to finish with one final quote from Ginott.
“If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.”