I don’t believe that we can over estimate the importance of teachers modelling for students. This goes for primary and secondary students.
In some contexts teaching is regarded as being a profession in which one group (teachers) tells the other group (students) what to do and how it should be done. This of course is rather simplistic definition of teaching and learning processes. It hardly examples the interaction and togetherness that ideally embraces teachers and pupils in teaching/learning contexts.
One of the very important aspects of the leadership offered by teachers is the modelling they do through their own personal example and conduct. Students being young look to and emulate teachers and others. An example of this is the children often tell the parents that particular viewpoint is right because it is what the teacher thinks, therefor it must be right.
Without being prescriptive in anyway, I believe that modelling extends to include the following:
. Dress standards
. Speech patterns and modelling – setting a bright example free speech and vocalisation.
. Showing respect.
. Handwriting, including in students books and on whiteboards.
. Correct spelling and accuracy in word usage.
This list could go on, but I’m sure you get the drift. Teachers deal with the development of people. It’s as we do and how we are that is so important to those we teach and shape toward being the adults of tomorrow.