It is expected that the profession of teaching embraces many qualities of any other professional practice. Teachers must possess a combination of many qualities beginning with a strong academic background and wide-ranging knowledge. The National Framework for Professional Standards for Teaching (2003) it is the knowledge of students, curriculum, subject matter, pedagogy, education – related legislation and the specifically teaching context that is the foundation on effective teaching, and a firm foundation on which to construct well educated judgments.
Additional expected qualities that create the essentials of professionalism in relation to teaching are a high level of cognitive skills and social capabilities together with experienced personal qualities as stated by Marsh (2008) which include sensitivity, compassion, reflective and innovative thinking and commitment and dedication to the job. This support to facilitate such desired moral qualities as respect, caring, integrity, diligence and open communication as outlined by Groundwater-Smith (2009), the relationship of which is reinforced by Whitton (2009 p.47) in defining professionalism in teaching as being “…dependant of correct standards with the right conduct or practice”.
A teacher today needs to have an ability to relate to and create partnerships not with their students, but also families, administrators and other professionals. This ensures that all persons involved with the education of the student are on the same page. All involved then work in harmony and help each other achieve the common goal of educating the student in the best possible way for the best possible result. (Wesley, 1998, p 80)
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The Florida Department of Education has its own specific Code of Ethics just as any other state in the united state. 6B-1:001 is the Codes and 6b-1:006 are the Principles. As an educator in Florida one is expected and required to follow all the codes and principles. To be sure to not get into trouble an educator must follow the all the Principles of Professional conduct for the Education Profession. There are many obligations involved, ones to the students, ones to the public, and ones to the profession. By breaking those rules one can have their educator’s certification revoked and not be permitted to teach in Florida or they could also be punished by the law enforcement (1).
Professionalism can be defined as the competence of skills and principles of an individual in a profession. A professional must be knowledgeable in their profession, committed to improvement of one’s knowledge and skills, service oriented, covenantal relationships to patients/patrons, creative, innovative, ethical, accountable and a leader. These competencies are essential for a professional to perform and excel in their profession.
...11) make the comment that supportive classrooms are related to greater student motivation, inter¬est, enjoyment, and engagement (p. 27). If followed, the objectives listed by Biga and Spott allow the teacher to be proactive in how classroom relationships are formed. Above everything else, teachers must remember to “put on love” (NIV, Colossian 3:14), for it is by donning the love of Christ everyday that can transform any classroom and penetrate any darkness. The classroom can quickly become a chaotic environment, however, by maintaining solid teacher-student relationships, respect and honor will be ever present. By listening to students, making information relatable, and by showing genuine sincerity, teachers show students that they care, and not just about their educational pursuits, but about them as individuals, as future leaders, and as someone of importance.
An outstanding educator possesses unique qualities that set him or her apart from others in the field. Ask any student about a favorite teacher and listen intently as he or she describes that person with a smile. Ask a parent of a child who will enter first grade in the fall about the teacher choice for their child. The parent would describe the outstanding educator in their desire for that special teacher. The qualities of an outstanding educator are easily recognized by those whose lives they touch, shape, and change on a daily basis. It is in this writing piece that they will be described and discussed.
"Through their experiences in the classroom, workshop or workplace and the feedback received from learners, peers and through appraisal, teachers will hear messages about their subject expertise (P1) and their skills and knowledge as a teacher (P2). The process of reflection and planning should produce continuing professional development that is highly individualized; featuring activities that respond to the teacher understands of the currency of their practice". (Davies,
The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines professionalism as the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person. Yet the White Paper on Pharmacy Student Professionalism says it is displaying values, beliefs and attitudes that put the needs of another about your personal needs. There is still another definition. The Medical Professionalism Project says professionalism is the basis of medicine's contract with society. It demands placing the interests of patients above those of the physician, setting and maintaining standards of competence and integrity, and providing expert advice to society on matters of health. In my opinion, a person's attitude, values, and behaviors are influenced greatly by the environment they grew up in. With every person's environment being different, every person's view of professionalism would be different. So since these traits are entwined in our personality, they cannot be taught to an individual. Also, I believe that the definition of professionalism is different for every person considering every single person's morals and values of life are different.
Teachers use their professional knowledge and beliefs to select and adapt practices to meet the needs of their students, integrate the practices with the characteristics of the particular learning environment, and tailor them to their personal strengths as a teacher.
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Professional development is critical to success in a teacher’s career. Teachers need to be opened to continuing their education and consistently reflecting on lessons and interactions with students. At the expert stage of teaching, “the teacher’s practice is characterized by fluency, automaticity, and efficiency” (Garmston,1998). In order to achieve this level of teaching practice, the educator must continue to learn new teaching strategies, understand the curriculum, recognize students and their differences, and conduct self-reflections. A teacher who is dedicated to professional development and wanting to improve their teaching, will make a stronger impact on students. I believe that I am in the Proficient level of performance according to the Framework for Professional Teaching Practices (Danielson, 1996).
Being a teacher is not an easy task as many people could think. To be a teacher does not only imply to know the subject to be taught, it also includes being willing to constantly improve oneself integrally, as much as updating the resources and materials one uses in teaching. Reflecting and analyzing over and over again the best way to teach to learn and how to make students to extend what has been learned. The many hours spend in the classroom will never be enough to plan lessons, prepare materials, review pupils tasks and exams, as well, all the administrative requirements one has to cover for whatever institution we work. Besides all this a good teacher, a professional one, will have to find the time to keep preparing to improve oneself.