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Teacher Professionalism & Ethics

The Do's & Don'ts of teacher professionalism & ethics.

DRjason Ampel

on 9 September 2013

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Transcript of Teacher Professionalism & Ethics

Teacher Professionalism & Ethics
for the 21st Century
What does it mean to be an American Teacher?
-interactions with kids
-satisfying job
-helping kids
-autonomy in the classroom
Why do college students pursue
a teaching career when they could earn more in other occupations?
Define Teacher Roles
Understand the THREE basics of the Code of Ethics
Learn your obligations to students, public, and professionals
Why are teachers held to higher standards?
THREE characteristics of Professionalism & Ethics in school
Competence, Performance & Conduct...
Professional & Ethical Boundaries
Life Outside School
Objectives For Today….
20th Century

Increase in Urbanization & Immigration

As the 20th century turns, the image of the teacher turns. The teacher went from protector of morality to that of social welfare worker & vocational trainer.

Teachers became workers in large educational bureaucracies.

Does this sound familiar??
19th Century

Horace Mann & Common Schools

Schools at this time were looking for moral teachers that emphasized, “pure tastes of good manners & exemplary morals.”
As educational goals change..
So do the teachers
To The 21st!!
Meaningful lessons/discussions
The primary professional concern for any educator is teach the students and develop potential.

Teacher Professionalism has a direct impact on your students ability to learn and grow

Characteristics of T.P look like:
21st Century Educator?
These include ALL of your goals, abilities, and standards!

Three Key Characteristics
of Teacher Professionalism
The Ability to Pin-Point What Works & Does NOT
Application of Knowledge
Being The “Facilitating Reflective Practitioner”
Creating Autonomy
Understand Diversity of Classroom (SES, Cultural, ESE,etc)
Know you subject area!
Be Innovative
Being Confident
Relating Material To Kids
Having A Defined “Style”
Active vs. Passive Teacher
Commit to Academic Honesty & Objectivity To Material
Can you teach concepts?
Improvisational Techniques
Eye Catching
What is you goal of teaching? (Tests OR Life-Long Learning)

How do you carry yourself……
From language to behavior??

How do you plan to maintain communication with all of your stakeholders in education?
(students,teachers,parents & administration)

How do you plan on distinguishing between personal views & views of the school?
Never leave students!
Use verbal praise
Don’t make calls/notes to students
Use Common Sense!
Be cognizant of Profession Reputation OUTSIDE of school (we will get back to this one! )
You are the professional!
Refer students who have personal “issues”
ALWAYS keep your door open when talking to a student
Don’t flirt!
NEVER discuss personal issues!
Report ANY issues, no matter how insignificant YOU might think
& Ethical Boundaries
Violations of ethics are serious!

Your actions are absorbed by ALL students.

According to the courts:

As Educators….
We have influences over students
We hold positions of trust
We are expected to what is right from wrong
In other words….
The educator values the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of democratic citizenship. Essential to the achievement of these standards are the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all.
The educator's primary professional concern will always be for the student and for the development of the student's potential. The educator will therefore strive for professional growth and will seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity.
Aware of the importance of maintaining the respect and confidence of one's colleagues, of students, of parents, and of other members of the community, the educator strives to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical conduct. (FL DOE)
(6B-1.001) Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida
Culture of professionalism

Healthy atmosphere for student growth

Respect your students
Let's take a look at some educators who have violated the code of ethics...
Teacher suspended for Facebook comments on gay marriage
Mount Dora - A Florida award-winning educator was suspended from teaching and temporarily reassigned pending an investigation into an incident in which he posted anti-gay statements about same-sex marriage on his Facebook page.

Mount Dora High School's Teacher of the Year Jerry Buell wrote on his personal Facebook page that "he 'almost threw up' over the recent news about the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, he said that that same-sex marriages were a sin, and that gay marriages were part of a 'cesspool,'" according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.
What kind of person does one need to be to become a Professional & Ethical teacher?
Life Outside of Teaching?
What about outside of school?

“ What a teacher is, is more important that what he/she teaches.”


Think of any situation you can recall from grade school, maybe even in college, where you witnessed a teacher do something that you would consider, whether funny or not, highly inappropriate.
Social Media & Teachers?
Social Media is seen by many as a double edge sword. Depending on how an educator uses social media, depends on their goals/objective of its use.
Can someone give us an example of how educators can utilize social media as a way to motivate learners?
Keeping Your Private Life Private!
Let's Share!!!
Can everyone please add one comment to the discussion I started on my Education FaceBook Page. In this comment, I would like you to share ONE thing you learned from this evenings session....


I hope everyone enjoyed our session....

Make sure you check out our site @ www.TheLearningLiaisons.com!

Feel free to find my professional FB profile at DRjason Ampel

More workshops to come!
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