#9 Manners and etiquette
As teachers, we absolutely MUST be role models for our students.
But what does that mean?
“There’s no such thing as an off-duty teacher” – These words were words spoken to me when I was an NQT.
I think those words are true.
I never saw any of my teachers drunk or smoking, and even on my graduation evening when some teachers came out for a drink at a local restaurant with the students, they acted responsibly.
Our students look to us for guidance and see us as a moral compass – we’re not just sages who impart knowledge without substance.
The way we dress, the way we speak, the way we act: all of these things are picked up by our students.
Are we careful in saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’? Are we careful not to swear or use expletives within earshot of our students?
We absolutely must keep the subliminal messages we send in mind as we go about our daily lives.
As for table manners, correct speech (elocution) and common courtesy: these should be in the curriculum.
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