I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming (Ginott, 1993, p. 47).
Amy Cooper is a passionate change leader in K-8 education with well over a decade of teaching experience. She consistently harnesses positive disruption for 21st century learners; teaching and leading by a steady work of the heart. A Digital Badging expert and seasoned conference presenter, Amy has facilitated several professional development sessions in technology. In addition to her background educating both children and adults, she also has had the opportunity to work alongside undergraduate professors as both a Teaching Assistant and Researcher. Amy has shared her knowledge of e-learning and digital badging on various podcasts with millions of listeners. She is both a Writer and Author who regularly posts innovative and insightful messages on various social media outlets including LinkedIn, Twitter @amycooper100, and her own blog: https://drcooper.blog/ Amy is expected to earn her Doctorate of Education in December 2018 and looks forward to continuing to share her love for education with the world. View all posts by amycooper100