As an educator, adult, and struggling-to-be-great human, I believe you have to live what you believe. I want to show students what I expect from them, and illustrate that any goal is attainable. Creating an environment that is full of energy for learning is a goal of mine. I want students to not only understand the importance for learning, but also have a desire to learn. I want students to be inquisitive and curious. Setting forth this example is a great way to build long term learning skills in children.
“Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action.” – Albert Bandura
Students, especially young children, learn through observation. Students learn through watching and imitating. Modeling is simply the act of demonstrating a behavior for someone else. Showing a child how to brush their teeth is an example of modeling. Modeling can be live (in person demonstration) or symbolic (a character in a movie, book, or television).
This is how are children learn from a young age, as infants, as toddlers, and kids, as teens, and even into adulthood.