Do Your Students Look Up to You?

When you are actively involved in the classroom and working with your adult students, classroom management and what you need to teach are the order of the day. As the class progresses, you may consider the perspective of your students; along with what motivates them, how they persist when faced with challenges, and what it is like for them to interact with the classroom environment. But have you ever considered how your students view you as an educator? Does it matter to you or influence how you teach when you are planning your class or considering future professional development?

Most educators choose this type of work or career, even when the pay or working conditions are less than ideal. What if you decide to function from this point forward in a manner that is transformative for your students, so that they are somehow better for having been enrolled in your classes? In other words, what if you could teach in a way that will have a long-term impact on your students? If you do influence them in this manner now or decide that you want to change how you teach, they will likely look up to you. This means they will remember you and your class, and more importantly, they will be transformed in some way, whether academically, professionally, or personally.

A Question for Educators

As an educator, consider this question: is functioning in a transformative manner a matter of making consciousness choices in how you act while you are teaching, or is it a result of every interaction you have with your students? Not every student is going to have a positive experience while they interact with you, despite the best of intentions you may have set, yet when students know their instructors care they are more willing to put in the time and make an effort to try when it comes to being involved in the learning process. That extra effort on their part is sometimes all a student needs to get past potential barriers or hurdles.

My experience as an educator has taught me that I always know where I stand with my students by the way they are responding to me, whether in class or through some form of communication such as email. More importantly, I know I have made a long-term impact when I receive unsolicited emails from students and they share special moments from class, lessons learned, challenges they have overcome, lightbulb or “aha” moments, or growth they have experienced; even after class has concluded, as many do not realize the impact of what they have learned until some time later.

What Does It Mean for Students to Look Up to You?

When students have a positive experience and look up to an instructor, what do they “see” in some manner? They usually “see” someone who cares about their students and that does not mean they will bend the rules or give away grades. They can empathize with their students and listen. Students are also inspired by this instructor, as this instructor usually provides ideas, suggestions, and tips that are individual in nature and meant to address specific developmental needs. More importantly, this instructor makes time to offer assistance and demonstrates their engagement and presence in class.

When students look up to an instructor, they also have a feeling response. They will usually feel respect for this instructor, along with trust and appreciation. There is a sense of having a working relationship with this instructor, which is challenging when an instructor is viewed as an authority figure in traditional classes or not visibly present in online classes. What I have learned overall about students who develop positive feelings is that it does not depend upon the class conditions, which I may or may not be able to fully control. The primary factor is the extraordinary steps an instructor takes to inspire their students within the best, and even the worst, of circumstances.

Does It Matter to You?

It is easy to see why teaching in a transformative manner would matter greatly for students. Yet I know from my own experience, and having worked with hundreds of online faculty as a mentor and trainer, that this approach to teaching requires an investment of time and energy. The question I know some educators would raise is this: yes, it matters for students, but what value does the instructor receive from functioning in this manner? The answer is that a transformative approach to teaching transforms both the educator and student. It is about the fulfillment of your mission as an educator, going beyond the function of what you do and even more than knowing the subject of what you teach; it is about the connection you establish, cultivate, and nurture during the time you have with your students – whether it is a few weeks or an entire term.

Teaching in a transformative manner is about changing the focus of your instructional strategies from being teacher-centered to student-centered, with meeting the needs of your students as the primary focus, and any educator is likely to find this to be very fulfilling. As educators hone their instructional strategies or their teaching craft, and refine how they communicate, interact, and address the developmental needs of students, the more meaningful their work becomes. Sometimes this is a product of time and practice, along with trial and error. It also involves being responsive to your students and listening to them, receiving feedback from them and being willing to adapt your instructional practice to meet their needs. An educator should also make a commitment to being a lifelong learner, with a willingness to grow and adapt.

What Do You Do to Become Someone Students Look Up To?

My own goal is to be a role model, mentor, and coach to students. A role model is someone who will lead by example, which means setting a bar and meeting students at that point. For example, when I have established my own standards or expectations for writing or class discussions, I show students what academic writing and substantive posts are like when I am engaged with them in class. Being an example for students is becoming someone they want to emulate in some manner. A mentor is someone students need to work with on a regular basis, not just someone who gives them the answers or tells them to review the course syllabus. When students view an instructor as a mentor, they believe this instructor has the knowledge and wisdom necessary to help them. More importantly, a mentor will take time to help guide them as they learn.

To be a transformative educator, focus on your students and becoming your best as an educator. You can ask yourself these questions: How can you grow as an educator? How can you connect with your students? How can you create an experiential learning experience? What professional development plans can you put into place now to continue to grow? Don’t be concerned with how quickly students look up to you as that will occur naturally when you become the best version of yourself as an educator that you can be. Instead, focus your time and energy on how you can transform the student experience, and by doing so you will naturally transform how you teach. What you will experience will similar to your students. It will be a memorable, experiential, and transformational journey.

5 Reasons Why Servant Leadership Works

I have worked in my field for thirty years. I have served as a leader and have served under a number of leaders during that time. Some have been good while some have not. Good, healthy leadership is out there but you have to look for it. I have learned just as much from the mistakes of those around me, as well as my own, as I have from the successes. I have also had the privilege of working for some incredible servant leaders as well. One in particular I served with for almost ten years and to this day he is one of my closest friends. He showed me what a servant leader looks like and has had a profound impact on my life. So I can tell you from experience that these five principles work.

What is a servant leader? It’s not complicated really. If you see people as a means to serve you, then you are not a servant leader. I would call you a manager or simply a boss. If you view your role as a leader to empower others to become better at what they do, to achieve greater levels of skill and ability and become better and more productive people in the process, then you are a servant leader. Read on to get a better picture of what it means to be a servant leader and why it works.

#1 – It fosters an atmosphere of teamwork.

This is a natural byproduct of servant leadership because the servant leader doesn’t make everything about him. The boss or manager uses words like “me” and “I” while the servant leader uses words like “us” and “we”. Teamwork is achieved because everyone feels a part of the process and not just a faceless cog in the wheel. A servant leader naturally fosters a servant mentality in the overall team and as a result, productivity and creativity increases because there is an absence of competition. People thrive in a team atmosphere. The added bonus is that if something fails, the whole team shares the responsibility rather than just one person. This adds a feeling of protection in the group and gives people more incentive to contribute. When the team succeeds, everyone shares in the glory rather than the leader getting the sole credit for the team’s work.

#2 – It adds value to the members of your team.

I have found that when people truly believe that they are more valuable than just getting the job done they will always make sure the job gets done. When people feel valued they take value in what they do. You won’t have to send out a memo chastising your team for their lack of commitment. You will be dropping them notes of thanks for being such great team members. Give a person value and they will go the extra mile for you. If you fail to give people a sense of value then they won’t see any value in you as a leader.

#3 – You reap what you sow.

It really is that simple. If you serve others, they will serve you. If you sow encouragement, generosity and kindness into those under you then you will receive the same back. Another way of saying this is, “What goes around comes around.” If you are self-serving, impatient and demanding then you will be treated likewise.

#4 – It fosters an atmosphere of trust.

Nothing builds trust faster than a servant attitude. This is because people know you care about them and have their best interest at heart even when you have to deal with problems. They can trust you. Nothing fosters distrust, backbiting, and an atmosphere of having to watch your back like working for a demanding, uncaring and self-absorbed boss because you are viewed as nothing more than a tool to get something done. This atmosphere forces people into a self protection mode and nothing gets done in this environment. It stifles growth and creativity and kills the team.

#5 – It increases your potential for success.

A servant leader realizes that no matter how talented he is, he can’t go very far without other people. I have learned that I am limited by my talent and ability. But combined with the talent, creativity and potential of a team, the sky is the limit. This is true, not just for me as the leader, but for every member of the team. The typical leader hires people that are below his level because he feels his leadership is threatened by someone better than him. A great leader surrounds himself with the best talent he can find so that he can maximize the potential of the team as well as his own. That is great leadership.

My close friend that I mentioned earlier modeled all five of these principles. It was the most rewarding ten years of my career and it has made me a much better leader myself. Be a servant leader. It works and it is so much more enjoyable. There is a catch though. To be a servant leader means you must give up the most important thing in your life right now – you. You have to let go of your self-importance. You have to give up a lot of personal “rights” you used to think you were entitled to. If you can do that, you are well on your way to becoming a servant leader.

How Do I Start a Fashion Modeling Career?

A clay career in the appearance industry could be acutely lucrative. Not alone that; it exposes you to the apple of appearance in general. For that reason, if you retire from it, you could still adventure into the business at a altered accommodation – all this after accepting gone to academy to apprentice about it. Before you become a archetypal in the appearance industry, you charge to ensure that you accept some things in order.

The aboriginal affair is that you accept to accommodate to the standards that are captivated by the appearance industry. A changeable archetypal should about be 5 anxiety and seven inches or taller. Your weight should aswell be proportional to your acme but you cannot be overweight. Your derma appearance should be abreast perfect. This is because a lot of appearance houses abominate accepting to over await on pictures that accept been taken of their models. For this acumen you accept to yield acceptable affliction of your skin. You aswell charge to ensure that your teeth are not agee and are fair white.

If you wish to accomplish it in the industry, you accept to alluvium self-confidence. Nobody wants to plan with a bank flower. Models accept to be assured and ablaze up the allowance if they airing in. Aplomb will aswell accredit you to airing alpine and this will do wonders for your catwalk.

Breaking into the appearance clay industry will crave that you are intelligent. This does not necessarily beggarly getting book smart; you charge to be quick witted so as not to be taken advantage of in the industry. You will aswell be appropriate to accept accomplished authoritative skills. The clay industry is fast paced and if you are not organized, you could acquisition yourself getting backward for shows or missing them altogether. This would not diviner able-bodied because admitting it may assume that the industry is big, chat of aperture spreads fast. If you are advised unreliable, humans will not appoint you.

Modeling involves aerial to abounding alien locations. You may aswell be appropriate to backpack from your home boondocks to a altered city-limits or accompaniment that has a blooming allure industry. You will accept to be actual able and adjustable to change. There are times you will acquisition yourself active out of your attache because of all the travelling you will be doing. You cannot consistently beef about these inconveniences because that is what you get if you become a acknowledged model.

You charge to put convenance for your airing and even your poses. Runway models are called because of how audible their airing is. If you wish to succeed, you will accept to convenance your airing everyday, until it comes to you easily. You will aswell accept to convenance altered poses for the camera. This will be capital for photo shoots as cameramen adopt models with a advanced ambit of expression. This will accord your pictures a added assorted attending which will be to your advantage.

How Can Young Preteen Models Plan and Develop a Successful Modeling Career?

In adjustment to advance a acknowledged clay career for adolescent adolescent models, you charge to accept two sets of accomplishments – one of by nature, and the added of by nurture. The accustomed accomplishments you charge alone clip and foster. Those by breeding you charge to absorb and brainwash by approved accomplishments and habits. It is the assemblage of these accompanying streams of accomplishments that builds up the model. That is, if you are beneath the consequence that Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Kathy Ireland, Christy Turlington, Milla Jovovich, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford or Elle Macpherson rose to acclaim and celebrity all of a abrupt or out of arduous luck, your are the amiss way. In a sense, they around sculpted their career with accurate attention and aplomb.

As I accept said, to advance a acknowledged clay career for adolescent adolescent models, you should be attuned to the demands of the profession by your attributes and nurture. By ‘nature’ I beggarly your congenital accomplishments like your accepted concrete attributes such as your height, physique shape, facial expression, colour of the eye, skin, hair, etc. As a primary step, you should go through the images of arch models regionally and internationally. If you are assured that by concrete attributes and actualization you accept possibilities of arising as a model, you can apply on how to breeding your accustomed accomplishments. In adjustment to breeding your accustomed accomplishments, you charge to stick to a analytical routine. You accept to chase a counterbalanced diet acceptable for a archetypal figure. Hence, you will accept to argue an accomplished and able dietitian-cum-health specialist.

An capital claim to advance a acknowledged clay career for adolescent preteen models is to accumulate yourself beside of the latest developments and trends in the clay industry beyond the world. You can accumulate and accumulate acceptable acknowledgment from Internet. Equally, you can attending into the latest appearance and clay book media publications. Get abreast about the contour and able adventures of the arch models of the time. Alongside, you charge to accessory with a alive and professionally alive and aggressive clay agency. Also, you should actualize a archetypal clay portfolio for you. Your portfolio should absorb a accumulating of your latest snaps. The snaps should be of the actual best superior showcasing your different clay accomplishments. The photos should be professionally produced through the best able columnist available. For the photo affair you should attending for the best and abnormally arresting apparel and poses. Also, you should appoint a able-bodied accomplished architecture artisan for the photo session. And you should set you contour accumulation your claimed statistics and achievements and accomplishments in the clay field.