Carl Rogers gave 10 guidelines on how a teacher can act as a facilitator. Which one of those 10 do you think that is the most important one for you to act upon when you are the teacher acting as a facilitator?
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As a teacher, I believe that realness exists as the most important factor of the facilitator. Students are street smart. They can see through a facade or mask with the greatest of ease.
If a teacher desires the respect of his or her students, the teacher should insure that he or she puts forth who he or she really is. Teachers who are themselves are far more relaxed. They do not have to "work" at trying to be someone different. By doing this, the teacher is able to focus upon education, not wearing a mask.
Students who realize a teacher is being "real" with them will (usually) respect the teacher. Students are more likely to trust the teacher and be able to approach the teacher on a more personal level.
Once students trust the teacher, everything else tends to fall into place. Classroom management proves to be easier. There are fewer disruptions to the academic environment. Students tend to be naturally engaged sooner and longer (within the day and school year).
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