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  • 0:03 A Teacher's Role in Education
  • 1:15 Investment in School…
  • 2:12 Teachers as Role Models
  • 3:01 Teachers as Leaders
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Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teachers have a large impact on students' lives beyond the classroom. This lesson describes ways teachers can participate in school outside the classroom, explains the importance of doing so, and provides examples.

A Teacher's Role in Education

Teachers play important roles in the lives of the students they encounter. They impact what and how students learn every day in the classroom, and their encouragement and nurturing helps students do their best and reach goals. But their influence goes beyond what we see in the day-to-day interactions within the school walls. Effective teachers have the opportunity to contribute beyond the scope of the classroom and school day.

Teachers can show they're invested in students' lives and the community outside the classroom. Besides their responsibility to educate students, teachers play an important role in character development, or the shaping of a student's reputation, honor, and integrity. When they form relationships with students by attending sports games, student productions, and other things, educators show care for their students beyond grades and success in the classroom.

In this lesson, we'll look at an example to exemplify contributions outside the classroom: Bob is a teacher who supports his students, their families, and the learning community in many ways. Let's take a look at a look at a few of those ways.

Investment in School and Community

Educators can show students, families and members of the community they have stake in the overall success of students beyond the classroom in several ways. Bob volunteers for several decision-making committees at school and in the district, like one choosing the new curriculum. Last year, he worked over the summer at the district level, helping to set and outline new goals. Parents often find him spearheading fundraising events that benefit the school or projects he creates, like the school garden.

He's also a proud member of his school community. He wears sweatshirts displaying the school mascot, and he can be seen with school colors at out-of-school events his students participate in. He enjoys going to basketball games or track meets where he can show his students support and interact with parents. He is loyal to the school, creating a sense of family with his students.

Teachers as Role Models

Bob's actions both in and out of school make him a role model, someone on whom students can base their behavior and choices. His commitment to providing quality instruction and high expectations, both in and out of school, shows students the value of hard work and effort. When they see Bob volunteer his time and tackle projects, like in the community garden, students see someone gaining joy from giving. And so, they may begin to understand the value of sharing a talent or skill with others.

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