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The Importance of Teachers in Student Personality Development

Early Childhood Education: The Beginning of Development

During the years of early childhood, a child’s mind is vulnerable and easily influenced. Children at this age look to others for guidance and self-affirmation. An educator’s role is to aid in the development of his or her students’ personalities. We as educators all know that our early childhood students seek our approval. They look up to us and take our opinion as truth. The expectations that we project onto our students affect their self-esteem and confidence. Many educators enter into a career of teaching due to their passion for affecting young lives.

Unique and distinguished teachers further their professional development and effectiveness by continuing their education and seeking knowledge about how to truly inspire a child. An educator who aspires to work with children, to create an unforgettable impact, may obtain a master’s degree in early childhood education. The early years of education may ultimately define the development of personality for these young children. What kind of educator do you aim to be? Do you wish to be a teacher who simply helps a child progress to the next year? Or do you want to be an educator who actively assists a young child in discovering his or her confidence and full potential?  

How Educators Can Influence Young Students

As educators, we can attest to the fact that we have never received two students who were exactly alike. Every child is an individual and possesses unique qualities. Every child has different needs that must be met. A teacher who has studied early childhood development recognizes the existence and importance of diversity among young students. Students are impacted by a teacher who embraces their individuality and helps them to be confident in their own abilities.

When children are constantly told what they cannot do, they quickly become convinced that those beliefs are a reality. If children are not held to high standards of conduct, they are not likely to set high standards for themselves. A distinguished and compassionate teacher serves as a role model and an advocate for every child he or she encounters. Heightening confidence can change a child’s mindset from “I know I will not succeed” to “I can succeed”. It is believed this positive mentality increases the potential for young students to succeed.

Educators Helping to Shape Students’ Identities

Obtaining an online Master of Science in Early Childhood Education can assist a teacher in developing his or her abilities to lead, advocate for and impact his or her students. We may not realize the influence that we have on the students we teach. As an educator to these children and as an adult in their lives, we have a responsibility to leave a positive and lasting impression. Create a legacy for your students that allows them to realize the greatness that lies within their academic abilities and developed personalities.

Learn more about the A-State online MSE in Early Childhood Education program.


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