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The ABC’s of Being a “Professional” Educator

By AAEE — April 07, 2015 1 min read
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Expectations exist when an individual represents one of the most important occupations there is...the role of Teacher. Teachers’ actions are held to a higher standard, where one’s professional responsibilities and actions don’t just begin and end in the classroom.

Professionalism is the way you honor the commitment you made to your students.

Let’s spell it out:

  • Knowledge - advantage of knowing the curriculum well ensures more confidence in your teaching ability
  • Competency - complete understanding of the subject area provides the opportunity to concentrate on developing creative and innovative teaching techniques
  • Honesty/Integrity - all eyes are on you, don’t assume “what goes on in the classroom necessarily stays in the classroom”
  • Accountability - take responsibility for the educational progress of your students
  • Self-Regulation - behavior at work and within the community
  • Image - appearance, all types of communication & your cyber-self

This is the complete package.

Now that you’re in the “know,” challenge yourself...
What’s wrong with this picture?

Parents are outraged after a Pennsylvania teacher was caught sleeping in her classroom full of students. (insider.foxnews.com/2015/03/20)

Cell phone pictures were taken by students at Truman High School in Bristol Township, showing the teacher with her head down on her desk.
Fox affiliate WTXF reported: “Outrageous. The school taxes that we pay, and this is what we are paying for? There’s time for a change and I think it’s coming real quick. That’s outrageous,” said one parent.

The pictures were posted on the Facebook group “Parents of Bristol Township Schools PA.” One photo is said to be snapped just two days ago during school hours. The teacher, whom we are not identifying, allegedly used her desk as a pillow. FOX 29 took the matter up with Bristol School District administrators. Superintendent Dr. Sam Lee said in a statement quote: “The issue that FOX 29 has contacted our school district regarding is a personnel matter. Therefore, we are not at liberty to discuss it.”

What kind of Role Model will you be?

See you next week!

Jane E. Hussey, Coordinator

Career Development

Rivier University

Nashua, NH

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