Question: I work in a school and I am a teacher who is really into the idea of Quality Schools but no one else in the school is. Can I still implement these ideas even though I don’t have the support of the administration or any other teachers?
Answer: Absolutely. You, and others like you, are the reason that Dr. William Glasser wrote the book, The Quality School Teacher! This book is dedicated to those teachers who want to implement the Quality School concepts but who have no support around them. The question to ask yourself is, “Whose behavior can I control?” We all know the answer to that question. You cannot control anyone’s behavior other than your own. So, when you are feeling frustrated, please remember that you can’t make others believe in these ideas as you do. All you can do is implement them as best you can in the confines of your particular classroom. For the most part, this should not be too difficult. The administration will probably continue to use external control, just as most of the people on the planet do. This provides wonderful teaching opportunities for you to help your students understand that they need to get their own needs met even in situations where external control is being applied. Please, keep me posted as to how this is working out for you. Thanks for your question.
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