Our attitude is one of the best things we can use to improve our days in the classroom. Every group needs optimists. They are able to see the good in every situation, even the worst. But groups also need pessimists and realists who push everyone forward and keep the group grounded. Unfortunately teachers don't work in groups. We work as united islands. So how do we summon all three of those attitudes in the classroom? The answer to that question can help teachers live inspired in the classroom. Today we join Star Fleet to analyze the attitudes of some of Star Trek's best characters. This is the Elephant in the Classroom.
Our attitude is one of the few things that we have control over.
Optimists look at the world for the silver lining. Optimists see the good in every situation. This attitude helps a group celebrate the small victories. This acknowledgement helps the group gain momentum.
Pessimists look at the world as a half empty glass. Pessimists keep the group honest by seeing room improvement in every situation (even the best). Pessimists give the group a much needed sense of urgency.
Realists see the world as it is. They help the optimists keep their feet on the ground and help the pessimists keep their chins up.
The truth is that in every group we need all three kinds of people. Each of these attitudes play a very important role in the success of the team.
But in a classroom a teacher needs to be all three (we usually work on our own). We need to learn how to summon the right attitude at the right time. If we don't we find ourselves extremely frustrated.