What Color is Teaching?

Everything has a color...

  • the grass is green
  • the sky is blue
  • a rainbow is ROYGBIV
  • the walls in our houses
  • the cars we drive
  • the animals who surround us
  • famous logos that is seen on a daily basis

One of the most relevant [research findings] today remains “Theory of Colours” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which was first published in 1810.

Every color has a positive and negative emotion tied to it...

According to research conducted by Colour Affects in London, 
  • YELLOW. Emotional
    • Positive: Optimism, confidence, self-esteem, extraversion, emotional strength, friendliness, creativity. 
    • Negative: Irrationality, fear, emotional fragility, depression, anxiety, suicide.
  • BLUE. Intellectual.
    • Positive: Intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty, logic, coolness, reflection, calm.
    • Negative: Coldness, aloofness, lack of emotion, unfriendliness.
  • GREEN. Balance
    • Positive: Harmony, balance, refreshment, universal love, rest, restoration, reassurance, environmental awareness, equilibrium, peace. 
    • Negative: Boredom, stagnation, blandness, enervation.
  • VIOLET. Spiritual
    • Positive: Spiritual awareness, containment, vision, luxury, authenticity, truth, quality. 
    • Negative: Introversion, decadence, suppression, inferiority.
  • RED. Physical
    • Positive: Physical courage, strength, warmth, energy, basic survival, 'fight or flight', stimulation, masculinity, excitement. 
    • Negative: Defiance, aggression, visual impact, strain.
    • Positive: Physical comfort, food, warmth, security, sensuality, passion, abundance, fun. 
    • Negative: Deprivation, frustration, frivolity, immaturity.
  • PINK.
    • Positive: Physical tranquillity, nurture, warmth, femininity, love, sexuality, survival of the species. 
    • Negative: Inhibition, emotional claustrophobia, emasculation, physical weakness.
  • WHITE.
    • Positive: Hygiene, sterility, clarity, purity, cleanness, simplicity, sophistication, efficiency. 
    • Negative: Sterility, coldness, barriers, unfriendliness, elitism.
  • GREY.
    • Positive: Psychological neutrality. 
    • Negative: Lack of confidence, dampness, depression, hibernation, lack of energy.
  • BLACK.
    • Positive: Sophistication, glamour, security, emotional safety, efficiency, substance. 
    • Negative: Oppression, coldness, menace, heaviness.
  • BROWN.
    • Positive: Seriousness, warmth, Nature, earthiness, reliability, support. 
    • Negative: Lack of humour, heaviness, lack of sophistication.

But, what color is teaching?

In my 11th year of teaching, I have come to one conclusion... teaching is whatever color you make it to be... teaching is how you look at each color.

We, as educators, are faced with trials and successes everyday, and it is in the midst of these, we get to make a choice of how we handle what is being thrown our way... Positively? or Negatively?

In these times, we have 24 pairs (and upward) of eyes staring at us, wanting to know what our reactions is going to be... we must continue to be a model for them, the students.

I am not convinced that teaching has one color, all day, every day, but it is with certainty that you can choose the color and the feeling.

Keeping students at the forefront of all decision-making entities will be your gauge to whether you fall more on the positive side of a color or the negative side of a color.

I am not going to sit here and type that teaching is all positive, because there are challenges that we face. In these challenges, I become frustrated, belittled, insecure... I just want to through my hands in they air and say, I give up. But, we can't! Our students are depending on us... we must be vocal, and fight for what we believe in.

So, when we are faced with the question, What Color is Teaching? There is no wrong or right answer... just remember...
  • Teaching will be the color you make it to be.
  • Teaching will never stay one color.
  • Your color is contagious.
  • Teaching will have positive and negative outlooks at times.
  • Students are watching your every move. 
  • Your color will effect your effectiveness as an educator.
  • Your color will effect your student's learning.
  • Your color is an engraving: The FACE of education.
Everyday as you walk into your classroom, you have to be ready to face successes AND battle for the students because you never know what the day may have in store for you and your "kids".  


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