Be careful not to join the ‘do as I say, not as I do’ brigade

Modelling good behaviour isn’t easy, and we all have our off days, says Sarah Simons

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Modelling the behaviour we expect from students (and colleagues) can be a challenge. If you kick up a stink about students putting away their phones, then slap yours on the desk, they have every right to carp, in my book. If you’ve had stern words about appropriate language, then let out a surprised “fuck” when a blind falls off the window, you might undermine your swearing stance.

My all-time favourite example of do-what-I-say-not-what-I-doism did not slip out between the cracks of a student-teacher relationship but during an omni-bollocking from a senior manager.

This particular boss was ...

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