The Space Between

In the last paragraph of the blog on the Classroom Environment, I referred to “the space between.” So what do I mean by this?

Most people believe the teacher’s primary job is to teach subject matter beginning in pre-school through all grades that cover everything and anything from art, dance, music, writing, reading, history, geography, math, science and into the most advance and esoteric subjects. This is important, but most important? I don’t think so.

I believe and have acted on the premise that building respect and regard for each other comes first and that subject matter then comes easier because help and participation takes place naturally. It is vital to value each person as unique and that our differences are more important than our similarities. To make this come about is the job the teacher musttake on and make a total commitment to being this in what they say and do. 

This is “the between” I refer to. It is, in fact, the primary space, and I argue the most important space, where the teacher as leader must beand teach.  It is the place and time where leadershipand being the role modelneeds to be perceived by their students as the reality of the teacher. It is also the simple truth of our memorable teachers. They helped bring out the best of whom and what we are. It is that time and space where teaching, leading and being the role model are one and the same person.

This very special person as our teacher, leader and role model has the power and influence to assist us in growing into our potential and wanting this for all others. It cannot happen alone and all by ourselves. Also, it would be wonderful if this would take place around the kitchen table, and it may and does, but not often enough. Sadly too much of our history is carried from parents to children, to parent to children, to parent, etc.   Sy

We are what we learn——What we learn may not be true——-How do we find truth? 

Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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