The reaction shown to the left is caused by a chemical called Luminol that exhibits a rather uncommon chemical property called chemiluminescence. Chemiluminescence is a reaction that releases light and only a very limited amount of heat. Luminol doesn't do this by itself, it must be mixed with an oxidizing agent in order for us to see this characteristic blue glow. One oxidizing agent that works pretty well is iron, like the iron in our blood. In fact, if you've watched any kind of crime drama you are probably already familiar with seeing a luminol solution being sprayed at a crime scene to find traces of blood that are invisible to the naked eye.
Our classes are a lot like luminol. They have the potential to shine brightly if they are placed into the right environment. The way that we interact with our students, the expectations that we establish, and the ways we respond when problems arise can all promote, or detract from, this potential. My classroom management plan, which you can access by clicking the button below, lists some of the ways I hope to help my students succeed.