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What is the role of a school teacher in a student's life?

Teachers play vital roles in the lives of the students. Teachers are best known for the role of educating the students that are placed in their care. Beyond that, teachers set the tone of their classrooms, build a warm environment, mentor and nurture students, become role models, and listen and look for signs of trouble.

Teaching Knowledge

The most common role a teacher plays in the classroom is to teach knowledge to children. Teachers are given a curriculum they must follow that meets state guidelines. Teachers teach in many ways including lectures, small group activities and hands-on learning activities.

Creating Classroom Environment

Students often mimic a teacher’s actions. If the teacher prepares a warm, happy environment, students are more likely to be happy. An environment set by the teacher can be either positive or negative. Students are responsible for the social behaviour in their classrooms. This behaviour is primarily a reflection of the teacher’s actions and the environment she sets.

Role Modelling

Students spend a great deal of time with their teacher and therefore, the teacher becomes a role model to them. Teachers are typically highly respected by people in the community and therefore become a role model to students and parents.


Mentoring is a natural role taken on by teachers, whether it is intentional or not. Mentoring is a way a teacher encourages students to strive to be the best they can. This also includes encouraging students to enjoy learning. Part of mentoring consists of listening to students. By taking time to listen to what students say, teachers impart to students a sense of ownership in the classroom. This helps build their confidence and helps them want to be successful.


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