What Does It Mean To Be A Professional? Jennifer L. Ness Canisius College
The NYS Code of Ethics Educators nurture the intellectual, physical, emotional, social, and civic potential of each student. Educators Create, support, and maintain challenging learning environments for all Educators commit to their own learning in order to develop their practice.
The NYS Code of Ethics Educators collaborate with colleagues and other professionals in the interest of student learning. Educators collaborate with parents and community building trust and respecting confidentiality Educators advance the intellectual and ethical foundation of the learning community.
A Professional Needs to Be… Confident: A professional teacher needs to be confident without being arrogant. You are a teacher, but you do not know all the answers. Therefore, if a student asks a complex question, the professional teacher /educator should be able to admit defeat but offer to find out more for the student. They must carry out that promise.
A Professional Needs to Be…. Prepared: Proper preparation is crucial during student teaching. When the teacher/ student teacher enters the classroom he/she should have all the required materials and the lesson plans ready. Nothing is more unprofessional than scrambling around in front of students before a lesson. Your copies need to be made AHEAD of time. (copy center/extra) Observation forms should be filled out for your observer. Plan for the unexpected because it usually happens. (Tech)
A Professional Needs to Be… Flexible & Reflective: Things do not always go as planned. Part of working as a team with your students and colleagues means that you need to be flexible. Give every student a chance to contribute and understand that the clock does not measure student understanding. Therefore, be prepared to modify lessons everyday. Reflecting on your daily work is a essential professional attribute. There is always room for improvement and a professional is open to suggestions.
A Professional Needs to Be… Dressed Appropriate: Know and follow your schools dress code, maintain tidiness and conservative dress. The way you present yourself says a lot. It is not possible to demand appropriate dress from students if the teacher doesn’t set the standards. Supportive: Support your school, your college, yourself, each other (student- teachers), colleagues and your students. The ultimate goal is student success not personal satisfaction.
Collegial Relationships Teachers/educators actively work together. They are aware of each other, share their own expertise and seek each other’s advice and help. Indicators of collegiality among teachers and administrators: o Educators talking with on another about practice o Educators sharing their craft knowledge o Educators observing one another o Educators rooting for one another success
Methods of Parental Communication Weekly Progress Report Email Parent Teacher Conference Monthly News Letter Phone Agendas Signed School Phone Journal Subject folders signed Mass text website- Number not shown
Professional Development/ Associations If you site supervisor/cooperating teacher is attending a professional development training ask if you can join. It is especially important today to keep up with everything going on in your profession. APPR, race to the top, common core, evaluation criteria, classroom management, teaching styles, NYS teaching standards etc. NAEYC: National Association for Education of Young Children CEC: Council for Exceptional Children ACEI: Association for Childhood Education International IRA- International Reading Associations
Find Your Place & Set Yourself Apart “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not” My overall goal as a teacher is to create a classroom environment where my students success is a direct result of their own efforts Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, Fair is everyone getting what they need to be successful
You Create Your Own Opportunity Whatever your Americore position, this is your chance to not only learn what type of educator you are, but to show others. Think of it as a long interview, use your networking wisely and seize professional opportunity. One bad impression that you make weighs 100 times more than a million good impressions. Stay humble, someone is always listening to you. Take chances, you do make a difference; Your experience is what you make it.
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