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Some of the most influential people in an individual’s life are the teachers that they looked up to. As an educator, the example you set for your students is closely studied, for better or worse. What teachers don’t realize is that they can influence their students in many more areas than simply the subject they teach. Read below to discover some of these areas.

Self-Esteem

If you’ve ever had a teacher embarrass you or talk down to you, the chances are that these moments have been ingrained into your brain and may have even been a root cause of some insecurities. On the flip side, you may remember a time a teacher took time aside to encourage you or praise you publicly. These memories may have become great motivators for you in your career, even if the compliment wasn’t aimed towards a certain industry. Ultimately, teachers must remember the influence they hold over their students’ self-esteem, especially when calling them out in front of their peers. There is a time for correction and a time for praise, but you must stay aware of the lasting influence this can have on your students.

Professional Relationships

Your students first begin networking while they are in school, even if they don’t realize they are doing so. As their teacher, you will be a great point of reference or professional network for them as they grow in their career goals. While educating your students, you should remind them of this factor and encourage them to come to you for career advice and more. By showcasing your genuine interest in their futures, you will also show them what networking looks like. The earlier your students learn to form these professional relationships, the easier chances they’ll have of achieving their career goals.

Communication Skills

In order to create a beneficial learning environment, teachers need to establish good communication from the start. This also means that you will set clear expectations for your students. If you wish to have students with good communication skills, then you must also exhibit good communication with them. By laying this foundation, you will allow for a more organized school year. Not only this, but you will also be teaching your students an important skill that applies to all areas of life.

Never underestimate the importance of your role in your students’ lives. You have the ability to influence more areas of their lives than you realize. This starts with you being a good example in the classroom, establishing a professional but also a comfortable relationship with them, and contributing to their self-esteem.