Friends to gripe with over coffee or a partner to call in tears when things are bad are important for your well being, but many teachers don’t have this.
Debriefing is often an overlooked part of being a teacher. We deal with complex and honestly risky situations all day, although many don’t recognise it.
Unconditional positive regard is about forgiveness. It’s not enough to point out the good; you need to also forgive students when they make poor choices.
While most of the strategies you use in the classroom are things that you do, unconditional positive regard is rooted in how you think as a teacher.
When you have a class of 20-30 students, you learn to never expect anything. You never know precisely what each of your students’ backgrounds, families, and values are.