How to Use Role Modeling in Your Classroom


Role modeling involves demonstrating the requisite behaviors or ideal way of acting within a learning environment. Role modeling is intended to positively influence learners into copying the instructor’s positive learning behaviors.


  • Learners are socialized into behaving and learning in socially appropriate ways.
  • An instructor who sets high personal expectations for their learning will have those high expectations flow on toward the learners.


  • An instructor needs to be aware that all their behaviors rub off on learners.


  1. Male instructors may role model positive masculinity, such as politeness and respect for all people regardless of gender.
  2. An instructor can be a role model by demonstrating engagement within the community, insisting on welcoming guests when they come to the classroom, or having respect for reading, learning, and apologizing.
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