Teaching is a tough job and classrooms can be battlegrounds due to the varied personalities, backgrounds and experiences of the players. Teachers, then, can be likened to the referees in a sporting game whose job it is to ensure that the game is played according to the rules and is fair, despite any misbehaviour or verbal threats coming his way.
A good referee is usually defined by his/her calm and consistent adherence to rules. It stems from an ability to self-regulate one's emotions when faced with extremes of behaviour. It is a core strength necessary for professionalism in any job, but is particularly important for educators, as we have the added responsibility of modelling good behaviour in both words and actions for children. It is, therefore, always a mistake for an educator to lose his/her composure from verbal utterances by one's students.
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