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3 ways to be a positive role model

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Light bulb: Teachers as positive role models.


Role Model: a person regarded by others, esp younger people, as a good example to follow. Collins Dictionary.


Is this you? How can it be you?

Keep reading to find out.


Teachers, I am here to tell you that you are natural role models but you are also human. We know you want the best for your students so we have collected 3 of the easiest ways to ensure you are a positive role model for your students, every day of the year.


1. Role models are: Hardworking. 

So are teachers. We know you would move the world for your students. 

But hardworking doesn’t mean over-worked. Struggling under a heavy workload and appearing stressed in the classroom is not a good example. 

Hardworking means always doing your best and working towards your goals. It also means taking a break if you feel the quality of your work is slipping or asking for help if you need it. 

Show your students how to be hardworking in a way that respects your health and shows it is okay to be vulnerable sometimes. This will teach an unforgettable life lesson that your students will thank you for one day. 


2. Role models are: Optimistic

Optimism can put a good spin on a bad day and change students' mood in an instant.

Optimism can inspire students to try again next time because the outcome might be better. 

Optimism can be infectious - it spreads smiles, resilience and inspiration to all who encounter it. 

We could all do with a little more optimism in our life. Teachers, try to remind yourself of this at least once over the next 24 hours and see what effect it has both on you and the people around you. 


3. Role models are: Relatable

Students can’t be what they can’t see. And they don’t relate to unrealistic versions of themselves. 

Teachers who reflect the best version of what students can be is what young people need to see on a daily basis. Especially if students lack positive role models at home. You are their reference.

Share real-life experiences and embarrassing mistakes you have made - something we can all relate to - and how you overcame them.

How you worked hard to be better next time.

How you learnt from your mistakes.

These are the life lessons and aspirations students need to experience to become the best versions of themselves.

Teachers are natural role models for students and we know you're trying your best. We hope this blog has given you a reminder of how important your role is and that we are here to support you when you need it.

We are made for teachers. 


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Written by Jennifer Gardner

Owner of The English Classroom

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