Educator's Guide to Enhancing Children's Life Skills

By Leah Davies, M.Ed.

Children learn life skills by observing the adults in their lives. Therefore, if we want children to be socially and emotionally competent, we must be cognizant of our own behavior and accept responsibility for being a role model. Review the following actions and reflect on how well you exemplify them.

Answer the following questions:

  1. What are your strengths?
  2. What are your weaknesses?
  3. Think about an educator who was one of your role models. What made him or her memorable?
  4. Note your opportunities for growth. Name one or more things you will try to do differently.

This self reflection will help you assess yourself as a role model for the life skills you are trying to develop in the children with whom you work.

Used by permission of the author, Leah Davies, and selected from the Kelly Bear website []. 9/2000
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