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Group Project for CHLD 90.1 - School
The Teacher's Role in Socialization
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The Teacher's Role in Socialization
The Teacher's Role: Do's and Don'ts
Overview of How School Influences Children
The Purpose of Schools in Socialization
Socialization Methods in the School
Interview with Melissa Holmes-Bradley
Frances McMillan, Elementary School Teacher
Homeschooling and Socialization

By Leslie Mercer

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Socialization refers to the meaning of one being able to relate in a pleasant type of companionship with a friend or associate. Teachers are one of the most influential people regarding the philosophy and lessons of socialization. By teaching and modeling socialization to children, children will learn the meaning of kindness and generosity. They will then be able to eventually go out into society and contribute in a positive, meaningful and productive way. Teachers, in a sense are a child’s provider outside of the child’s home. The teacher has a very important role in the facilitation of socialization in a child’s life. Having said this, I would like to stress the importance of a teacher’s role to the effect a teacher has on children’s perception of the concept of socialization. One of the main roles a teacher plays in socialization in a child’s life is by direct examples set by the teacher in the classroom. A teacher has the responsibility to weave acceptance and care for one another within the curriculum. A child must feel accepted and cared for in order for that child to have healthy socialization skills and a chance of happiness and success in life. A teacher can provide that for children. A teacher must have the wisdom to guide children with compassion as well as teaching through play.

It is vital to keep the children busy and excited in what they are involved in. It is just as important for a teacher to be extremely organized. Children rely on the consistency of schedules. Children will be happier and feel safe and secure in their school surroundings when their daily schedule is better organized. Being organized creates a comfortable and social environment. It is the teacher’s responsibility to nourish a child’s cognitive and physical needs. Children need to run and play as well as learn the ability to sit and work. They need to know and understand boundaries and respect for others. Children also need time during their schedule where they have freedom to do what ever they choose to do without being told by a teacher. This is time allowed where children get to explore and play either by themselves, side by side with other children, or play by interacting with each other. Teachers must allow children to have this non-direction play time. All of these tools aid as in building structures for a healthy social life.

Just as important as the building structures mentioned in the previous paragraph, a teacher must be able to connect with the child’s family or caregivers. By reaching out to the family or caregivers, a teacher will understand the child more, and this will help the teacher to better provide and nourish the child. Knowing more about the child’s home life will enhance the knowledge the teacher has for the child as a whole.

Children observe, feel and see with their spirits, hearts and souls. No matter where a child comes from, what cultural background or difference in heritage or mental and physical state, a teacher holds the gift of kindness that will radiate outward to a child. This compassion will create a thriving atmosphere for children where he or she will get the chance to flourish socially, and be able to give back to others.

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