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TEACHING SOCIAL SKILLS Introduction 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 teachers 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 hisher 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 Discussion Do you agree or disagree with the above attributes of a successful teacher Are there any other attributes that you think are important for a teacher to have What are your memories of the teachers at primary school After examining
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