Teaching Social Skills.

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Coping with students who display social problems can be difficult. Teaching social skills to these children takes time, effort and patience (Brophy, 1996). That is why it is a good idea to take action before the problem becomes too serious. One of the most important factors for successful student socialization depends on a teacher's ability to adopt an authoritative teaching style for classroom management. This means that teachers should exert leadership and exercise control, but at the same time be supportive of students. They should always supply reasons for their actions.

There are many attributes of a successful teacher. The following attributes put together by Good and Brophy (1995) all contribute to the success of a student.

*Social attractiveness: Based on a cheerful disposition, friendliness, emotional maturity and sincerity.

*Ego strength: Teachers need to be calm in a crisis, listen actively, avoid win-lose conflicts and maintain a problem-solving orientation.

*Realistic perception of self and students

*Enjoyment of students: Being friendly but not over familiar and being comfortable with the group without becoming a group member.

*Clarity about teaching roles: Comfort in playing these roles. Explaining to students what their expectations are of them.

*Patience and determination: In working with students who persist to push limits.

*Acceptance of the individual: Always the individual but not always his/her behaviour.

*The ability to state and act on firm and flexible limits: Based on clear expectations, keeping rules to a minimum and liberalizing them as students become more independent and responsible over time.

Through developing these roles, teachers can create the potential for having a significant impact on students' lives.


Do you agree or disagree with the above attributes of a successful teacher?

Are there any other attributes that you think are important...
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