THE CREDIBLE TEACHER

Mike Huebner

 

WHAT IS TEACHER CREDIBILITY?

Many people can recall the teachers that made an impact on their lives in some way. What was it about them? Was their impact positive or did their actions motivate the former students to prove them wrong? Either way, teacher credibility has been proven to be an integral part of the student experience.


Research on teacher credibility shows that there are certain behaviors that create opportunities for students to perceive one teacher as more credible than another. That is what fascinates me.


It's my goal, through documenting my experiences as a classroom teacher, to discover what it means to be a credible teacher. A teacher my students will remember. A teacher who impacted their lives in a positive way that was based on trust and dare I say, love. 

 
 

January 30, 2019

Affinity-seeking is defined as "the social-communicative process by which individuals attempt to get others to like them (Bell and Daly, 1984a). Since teachers are individuals and human, I'm looking into what teachers can do to increase their affinity-seeking behaviors...

January 30, 2019

Today was a day of apologies.

First, I was impatient with students in the library because they weren't reading. I quickly learned that someone was overly concerned about a classmate and needed to talk to someone about it.

I apologized for not being patient.

Then, st...

January 29, 2019

If you were like me three years ago, you may have been in a staff meeting and just first learning that teacher credibility was 'a thing'. I learned that a guy named John Hattie had done an enormous amount of research on the influences that increase (and decrease) stude...

January 27, 2019

Had a snow day today!

I was playing with my oldest son and chose to read a magazine rather than be present with him in that moment.

After reflecting briefly, I realized that if I want him to be present with me as we grow older together, that I need to do the same.

S...

January 23, 2019

Documenting the #progress here again.

So much to learn about this thing called teaching.

Stating to think it's more about learning about myself so that I can help others.

Thank you for your support along the way!