In my first few years of teaching, I ran across this quote by Haim Ginott. It impacted me so much that I printed it out and taped it to my filing cabinet, where it stayed for many, many years …
It frightened me, much like that conclusion did to Haim. But it also empowered me.
I realized that much of the climate of my classroom was in my control. It made me realize that if the teacher sneezes, the whole class catches a cold.
(I realized later on that this was true in multiple ways and that coming to school sick was a bad idea for many reasons.)
So, two lessons here: Use your enormous influence for good.
And if you’re really sick, call in!