Definition of Teacher Professionalism

Written by lisa weber
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Take 25 students from 25 backgrounds with 25 different learning styles. Group them in one room with one teacher, often with inadequate materials. Finding a way to reach and teach all 25 students is no easy task. Yet that is the job description of the teacher. Because teachers are such influential role models in children's lives, it is essential that a teacher conduct himself morally and professionally at all times.

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Conduct

First and foremost, a teacher is a role model. A teacher must model proper manners, dress, behaviour and ethics at all times.

Commitment to Quality

A teacher is never satisfied with an "average" performance. She must research and plan each lesson fully to give the students the best lesson possible.

Commitment to Learning

A teacher's education does not stop with his degree. He must continually be aware of best practices in his field, including new teaching methods and materials. This usually involves post-graduate work and frequent teacher workshops.

Commitment to Students

A professional teacher will always get to know her students. She will listen to students' problems, questions, and concerns and treat every student with respect.

A Positive Attitude

Even though teachers are often frustrated, overworked and under-paid, they must remember that they chose their profession because they love their students and their content area. A school is no place for complaints and negativity.

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