In today’s workforce there are many that are leaders, one of those are teachers. From their life at home, the way they dress, and the friendships they have, these people in society play a big factor. Not that they are center stage all the time, but families, parents, and collegues are interested in the lives they lead. Teachers are one of of the many that must be of good character. Moral virtues, such as fairness and honesty, and to adhere to professonal codes of conducts is something that has to happen for a teacher to be considered as a positive model.
Everyone wants a dependable, trustworthy teacher. Kindness would also be something parents want. We want a hero for public display. They may think of themselves as loyal, and dedicated. Those instructors that are the best, getting awards for “playing it forward” to help other to learn.
Some even go beyond the classroom and take them on vacations that would have never happened without the support of the school. Choir trips that happen due to community efforts to raise money. Teaching students how to plan, budget, and then take the trip with them. Even family members going as chaperones. How wonderful for the children to see the parents enjoying themselves with the people that are setting the example in classrooms.
Many times after a teachers meeting overhearing classes in progress was normal. On occasion, I would overhear teachers loosing control and taking their frustrations out on a student. What would happen if employees would yell at their associates? During the day everyone has stress no matter what the job. An instructor yelling at a child is like a boss yelling at their employee. It just shouldn’t happen.
Coaches on the field it seems different, but in a room filled with noisy, talkative children can be calmed down without threats, assumptions, and mimics. Screaming at a student makes the child feel they have conquered, justified in the eyes of a student. This makes the teacher look not only foolish, but like a dictator or drill sargeant. One of the best role models to be admired was while observing during college. The third grade teacher taught in a low income school. During the week, she never raised her voice. The students admired her willingness to talk to them in a normal type of voice. It was a “sweet” voice.
When public schools were established in the United States in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, one stated mission was to teach moral virtues. The moralities are shown by the everday lives of these disiplianrians. Students have role models: an actor or actress, owner of a store, athlete, or even a family member. Many want to depend on television, technical gadgets, or sports events, to see them scheme, plan, or win events. The main problem with this is it can be superficial. There are hundreds of stories of how teachers have directed and loved the kids they inspire. These are the true champions.