How would it be, I thought, if I could get more enjoyment from my job? I wanted to create a different classroom environment—one that had more buy-in from students to want to work harder and at the same time, selfishly, take away some of the strain and pressure I was feeling teaching in a middle school. I took the four concepts of John Christensen's book, FISH, (Play, Make Their Day, Choose Your Attitude, and Be Fully Present) and began a transformation in my classroom and with myself. I realized that I had a lot more control over the attitudes of students while they were in my care than I had originally believed.
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