A class mirrors a teacher's mood, spirit, enthusiasm, thoughts, energy... This is what I have come to realize with my six years of teaching. Like the over used maxim, "you need two hands to applaud", it is true that teachers and students have to work together to enjoy a lesson and produce good academic results. However, teachers are the driving force in this commune between the parties.
When I am feeling low, I see my students dull. Even the slightest show of fatigue or boredom is magnified under my glasses which then becomes powerful microscopes. The best thing I have realized in such a situation is to mobilized my teaching passion, renew it and reenergize to set our moods right.
The most useful thing has always been cracking jokes to refresh their minds, it is a skill and I am sharpening it daily.
But, if I lose myself to anger, all is lost. The promise of an energetic lesson and the happiness of delivering my lesson are destroyed. The frequency of these low moments, if increased will become a habit. It will become a part of me as I become more sour with each moment I lose myself to anger and frustration. I have a choice, and by my choice I define myself. I can choose to become sour when I see some of my students sleepy or I can lift myself up, seize the opportunity for making them and myself enjoy some hearty laughter with some good jokes.
My students are my mirror image. They reflect me as I see myself. If I am troubled, I see them not very interested in my lesson. If my spirits are high, I find them bright and ready for an exciting class. And I know that I have a choice.