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EDU 6526 Session 7: Role Models and Affective Education

Students learn more than academics when they enter a classroom.  They learn lifelong skills such as how to function in a group and work productively with others.  The role of the teacher is to facilitate this process and act as a role model that students learn from.  Teaching with integrity is key when working with students for them to learn by example.  One of the Six Priorities of Affective Education is “Establishing a climate of trust.” Session 7- Learner Centered In order to do this, the teacher must act honestly and thoughtfully with students so they feel emotionally safe and comfortable.  Only then will they truly open up, voice their full opinions, and feel accepted as a learner in the classroom.  Students pick up how teachers act, even when they see them outside of the classroom, so living an honest, moral life is important for students to learn.

Children and youth are socially intelligent and understand when they are being truly listened to and heard.  A teacher cannot fake these interactions and their relationships with students highly depend on their honesty and kindness.  “Students know when their teachers are committed to their psychomotor, cognitive, and affective learning, and they can tell when their teachers genuinely care about them and are trustworthy, honest, and respectful.” (Lumpkin, 2008, p. 47)  These are morals and virtues all teachers want to instill in their classrooms, creating life-long learners that contribute to a prosperous society.  The teacher-student relationship is so important in shaping attitudes towards education and observing teacher values is how students make sense of the learning world.



Lumpkin, A., (2008). Teachers as Role Models, Teaching Character and Moral Virtues. JOPERD 79: 2, 45-49.


Characteristics of an Effective Educator

Working as an effective educator takes a lot of hard work including planning, connecting, instructing and assessing.  A teacher should be well educated understanding theory and practice of teaching in a classroom.   Being mentored by an experienced teacher and interning in a classroom before stepping into a lead role is hugely beneficial to the development and learning of a teacher.  Feedback and reflection helps a teacher develop their own strengths and skills when working with students.  An effective educator is a role model and leads by example for students to develop successful habits towards learning and education.   Sincerity and authenticity are required attributes of a teacher as students can read and understand when a teacher is not fully engaged in their instruction.  Students should feel cared for and comfortable in the classroom so they can feel excited and accomplished when completing their work.  Taking time to work one on one with each student lets the students feel appreciated and understood as learners in their classroom.  Teachers not only should understand the nature of their students but also get to know their families as well.  Students learn more from their families and in their home environments then they do at school so understanding where a student comes from and goes to after school is crucial information for an educator.  An effective teacher creates a learning environment of excitement and engagement and reflects their love of their career in their instruction.