When I am a teacher the words "can't," "hate," and "stupid" will not be allowed in my classroom.
More to come when I get back from my long run.
EDIT: More to come when the internet at my house decides to start working and I have more than 1/2 an hour at the library to get online.
EDIT 2: Stupid backspace deleted my whole entry grumble grumble.EDIT 3: I accepted a 3 day subbing job in 2nd grade at a challenging school. There was a boy in the class who was particularly challenging to work with-talking back to me, not doing his work, etc. On the second day he was acting out to the point that I sent him over to the teacher in the classroom next to mine, where she talked to him, took away his recess, all that good stuff. He was very upset when he came back. His classroom teacher had three fishbowls with popsicle sticks in them-if you messed up then you had to move a stick to yellow, then to red. He wanted to move his popsicle stick to red for the next day, and I wouldn't let him, telling him that tomorrow would be a new day. He also said that he was stupid and he would never be able to do his work. I told he was not allowed to say that, that I would help him if he was willing to try again.
Wouldn't you know, he did a much better job the next day. Now that may have also been because another student that antagonized him was absent, but I'd like to think that it was also because I showed that I believed in him. If I can make a difference in just 3 days, then imagine what I can do with my own classroom.