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The Teacher's Role: Do's and Don'ts

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The Teacher's Role in Socialization
The Teacher's Role: Do's and Don'ts
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The Purpose of Schools in Socialization
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Interview with Melissa Holmes-Bradley
Frances McMillan, Elementary School Teacher
Homeschooling and Socialization

By Jessica Espinoza

A major role for a teacher is to see that children have enjoyable social contacts and to help motivate children toward a desire to be with others. The early childhood school years setting affords children numerous learning opportunities for social development.

The teacher has an important role to play as children learn the give and take of social interaction. In the role of social organizer, the teacher creates a physical and interpersonal environment that promotes the development of children’s socialization skills.

SOCIAL COMPETENCE: THE TEACHER’S ROLE:
DO’s:
• Respect individual timetables and feelings.
• Establish authority and credibility.
• Express expectations simply and directly.
• Redefine children’s characters in positive terms.
• Encourage impulse control.
• Appeal to children’s good sense.
• Invoke ground rules.
• Mix it up: arrange things to get one child next to another.
• Move it: People, toys, you!

DON’T:
• Make implied comparisons.
• Issue empty threats.
• Hover.
• Make teacher-child interaction be all about misbehavior
• Motivate children by indirect disapproval.
• Lose your sense of humor.
• Allow a rigid curriculum to narrow possibilities for social interaction.

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