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Transcript of EDU315
Teacher Role Model in School
Teacher Role Model in School
Teacher's Outside of School
Teacher Role Model in School
Teacher's Outside of School
This is a great symbolic image of a teacher raising her hand to prove she will always be honest. Notice how the eyes are covered but there is a huge smile on her face. This gesture represents the integrity and honesty it takes to be an educator inside and outside of the classroom.
A teacher should remember that there will be times when they see students outside of the classroom. The students look to their teacher as a role model and although teachers' do have a right to live their own personal lives the way they want, they should be ever mindful that they will be recognized outside of school.
Teachers do have a right to their personal privacy and their personal lives, but they should continue to be law abiding citizens.
Unbelievably, all of the text messages in this frame were sent from a teacher to a student! There are many cases where teachers are losing their jobs and licenses because of inappropriate text messaging to students. Whether it be sexually explicit conversation or sexually explicit pictures, these situations are happening more than they should be.
As you can see from these particular texts, the teacher was hinting towards a sexual relationship and even offering to buy this underage student alcohol. The teacher lost his job because of these texts and will, hopefully, never be able to teach again.
It is best to not cross that moral line to contact students. There really should be no texting or outside contact. If you need to get ahold of a student for whatever reason, maybe to give them information about a project or to answer a question about homework, etc., then it would be best to email the parent or contact the parent by phone so that no moral line is crossed.
Inappropriate Text Messages
Pictured are several high profile cases of teachers that had sexual relationships with their much younger, teenage students. Probably the most well known case is Mary Kay Letourneau, who served seven years in prison, had two daughters with her teenage student, and then, eventually, married him after being released from prison. Many of these teachers were caught and convicted, yet would still contact the minors after receiving their punishments. Several received more time added onto their sentence, or probation, for continuing to contact the students.
You can see from the graph from the New York State Board of Education that cases against teachers moral conduct has risen sharply over the years. There are many high profile cases that most people have heard about, but then there are a plethora of other cases that don't come to light and don't grab national attention. It is astounding how many teachers are being caught in inappropriate relationships with students.
The bottom line is, when one becomes a teacher, there should be a line that is simply not crossed. A teacher is there to educate, and the relationship between a student and teacher should be of the utmost moral conduct. A teacher should not be having any kind of abnormal relationship with their student whatsoever.
Sexual Relations with Students
Roles of a Teacher
In this situation, the teacher responds to an inappropriate letter by a student in an appropriate manner. Instead of escalating the conflict, responding in a personal manner, or drawing attention to the student, the teacher responded by correcting the numerous grammatical and spelling errors in the letter.
It is important to remember that there will be situations where students will test a teacher's patience, but if one remains calm and acts professionally, nothing can come back on the teacher in a negative way.
It would also be wise to report this situation to administration so that they are aware of the letter.
How to Handle Inappropriate Situations in a Professional Manner
"No" means No! Even when you are the teacher.
Sexual advances from a student are a form of sexual embarrassment and possible harassment. The first and most important thing a teacher can do is to clearly and firmly say "NO!"
"No, I am not interested."
"No, it is not appropriate to talk to me like this."
"No, this is not acceptable behavior."
The next step a teacher should take in this situation would be to let administration know immediately what just took place. It is important to let them know as soon as this occurs so that nothing gets misconstrued. The situation can quickly become twisted and a teacher would not want false accusations against them. If this was not reported and it came to light later, it may look like the teacher could be guilty of something or it could be suspicious as to why it was not reported earlier. Administration will know how to handle this situation accordingly.
How to Handle Sexual Advances from a Student
Inappropriate Pictures by Teachers
All of the photographs in this frame are of teachers. These are highly personal photos that should never have been sent to anyone, especially a student. Most of these risque pictures were actually sent to the student by the teacher. As you can see, at least one picture contains nudity and the others are very sexually explicit. Not only are these private pictures that should have been kept in the privacy of ones home, but these should definitely not have been sent to students!
It would be best, as a teacher, if minimal contact was made with students outside of school. If a teacher needs to make contact with anyone, it should be the parent. A teacher should refrain from texting, emailing, using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram as a means of contacting, or interacting with students.
As a teacher, it is really important to remain completely unbiased and to not show any favoritism when grading students. Some may find it hard if they do not like a particular student or maybe there are even negative feelings towards that student's parents, but even then, a teacher must remain on high moral ground. Unfair grading practices do go on, whether it is giving students answers on tests, or accelerating their grades, these situations do occur.
If a teacher receives a lavish or expensive gift from parents, or maybe they are continually showered with gifts, it may be best for the teacher to let administration know, so that down the road there are no false allegations or opinions about the situation.
There have been several allegations of teachers who are asked to change grades in order to pass students. Teachers including Carlos Ramirez from Hampstead High School have fought back reporting the fraud under whistle blowers law. If you do discover any teachers who are passing students unfairly or giving higher grades that are not deserved, this needs to be reported to the correct authorities immediately.
Favoritism and Whistle Blowers
Having Integrity Outside of the Classroom
Let’s not forget that teachers need down time too! Creating and holding lasting friendships and bonds outside of work or the classroom is a great way for a teacher to take care of themselves. Relaxing every now and then and having special moments with friends and family can be especially meaningful when your life is spent teaching others how to embrace meaningful moments. Teachers should be free to have their own life without fear of retribution, as long as they are abiding all laws and their extracurricular activities are not keeping them from being highly qualified teachers.
This is a promotional photo for a show called “Teachers”. As you can see the teachers are having an after school cocktail and even smoking. Some schools demand an almost “sainthood” character out of teachers while other schools are more lenient. If a student were to walk into this restaurant, what would they think of their teacher? Yet how can society say that they are not allowed a little bit of down time?
Teachers should be free to socialize and have fun as they see fit, as long as they are not breaking any laws. It is not fair to hold teachers to an unattainably high standard that cannot be reached.
Social Life Outside of the Classroom
Many teachers are parents or mentors outside of school. Teachers usually care about their students outside of the classroom as well as inside of the classroom. This includes being a mentor through a church, outreach program, or after school program. It can even include being a mentor to your children’s friends and of course their children.
Setting a good example for your students outside of the classroom with the way that you live your life will help encourage them to do the same.
Some students are not as privileged as others and going the extra mile for that student who needs it the most will make a tremendous difference in their lives.
Mentoring Students and Setting Good Examples
References and Photo Credits
Whittle, Patrick [July 1, 2013] Hamstead Schools Ponder firing grade-change whistle-blower. Newsday Online retrieved 8/2/2014
Students are with their teachers a majority of the day. They not only look to the teachers as those who are helping them further their education, but also as someone to look up to as an example of how to act as a person.
Teachers have certain characteristics that help them in the classroom every day. Some of these characteristics they have had for most of their life, while others are characteristics they have acquired throughout the years.
Teachers as Role Models in the Classroom
In order for a teacher to be a good role model, there are certain characteristics that one must possess.
Respect: Good teachers will not only have the ability to show respect to fellow colleagues and students, but receive the same amount of respect as well. Signs of respect can include acting with integrity, communicating effectively, and having a caring attitude.
Motivational: It is one thing to get in front of a classroom and read words from a lesson plan, but good teacher role models will be able to motivate their students to go above and beyond. They will be able to encourage their students to follow through with their goals, monitor students’ successes, and provide constructive feedback to allow students to grow.
Promoting Respect and Motivation in the Classroom
Trusting: Besides their parents, children will usually look to teachers as someone they can trust to come to with any issues. Teachers should not take advantage of this trust at any cost unless the student is in harm’s way. Allowing students to know that they can be open is key. Encouragement when students have questions or concerns is also important. Allowing children to see that they are not going to be judged or criticized because of their differing opinions will help the building of trust as well.
Leadership: Leadership is important for any good teacher role model. Taking control and contributing to things like lesson planning, course design, and structure will help a teacher assume leadership. Showing creativity also helps teachers in their leadership roles as well as commitment to professional development.
Commitment: A teacher who is committed to their job shows passion, focus, and enthusiasm. They are able to focus on the needs of the students without distraction.
Promoting Trust, Leadership, and Commitment in the Classroom