In the classroom, having a deep understanding of people and an interest in understanding children is important. I am able to see good qualities in all children; I welcome the task of unmasking the different intelligences that children have; I enjoy cultivating positive class culture with an understanding of the varying needs.
Successful teaching demands a level of understanding. However, that child who possesses a deep anger, as a few that I have met over the years, needs to be understood when he catches an attitude without reason. I can
Understanding is a also significant part of my dealing with people outside of the classroom. I prefer to understand a person's situation, outlook, mindset instead of judging first. I like to know why people do what they do, and how their lives are. However, I am realizing that the energy it takes to understand on a deep level is draining. What about me? The teacher? The whole person? Attempting to understand a situation, or a person, does not dissolve it. The situation that perplexed in the first place often remains with the only change being, less concentration on other things that need attention.
Thus, I am learning once again that balance is key. Whereas I initially sought balance between my work life and my life, I also need to balance my understanding with action.
And that I am.