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Character - California Lutheran University

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Character
Ideally, to occupy a middle position between conflicting extremes: to be both kind and demanding
Character
To be kind is not to be soft or weakTo be demanding is not to be unfairBoth good natured reserve andGenerous sharing of intellectual excitementSuch balance keeps teachers from corrupting the appropriate relationship between themselves and their students
Character
The goal is drawing out of ourselves the traits of character --- the traits of our moral nature --- that will accommodate and enhance students’ learning.All teachers must consider how they can use the mental and moral qualities that are inherently theirs to best effect in the classroom.
Character
“A teacher’s teaching character must be authentic.”All teachers ought to accept their natural traits and strive to make them work in the classroom for the benefit of their studentsKnowledge anchored to a teacher’s irrepressible passion for a subjectTechnique linked with personal experience
Character
“Character must be consistent.”At all times: good humor, equanimity, and friendlinessThere is little room for greatly varying shifts of moodLittle room for anger, disappointment, or despairThese cannot help students and have no bearing on the subject matter of a course
Character
“Character means showing humanity by acknowledging lapses and errors.”Errors of fact and interpretation must be candidly confessedBetter methods ought to be presentedBoth should be explainedLearning is promotedHonesty exemplifiedTeachers seen as struggling to overcome the natural difficulties of learning
Character
“Character requires sociability.”Balance between overfamiliarity and icy detachmentApproachable and obviously interested in students’ livesReadily available sources of counsel in matters related to instruction and study
Character
“Character should be distinct and individual.”With real character comes real teaching.Teachers who create a distinct impression on their students are more likely to lead them to real learning.

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