This week’s readings were about teacher professionalism with there job. I feel that being professional is important to do a good job as an educator.
One of the things that I learned was that as teachers we are on the job all of the time and are expected to uphold the code of conduct at all times and be an example of a morally perfect life. However, that can vary between provinces, and the rules aren’t always crystal clear. For the most part, it seems that a teacher must honor and uphold the dignity of the profession. Furthermore, the teacher must not act in a way that affects there ability to do their job properly.
I also learned that each provincial teachers association has there own code of ethics but there are many similarities in all the codes. However, the code of ethics is only an outline of what it means to be professional. there are advantages to a code of ethics, gives confidence to the public that teachers are worthy of public support and trust. A code also provides reassurance that people will be treated in accordance with a standard. A code of conduct also offers a set of defined rules and standards that set a standard for teachers conduct.
In the teaching profession, there is a great importance for teachers to work together with other teachers to receive help and support to aid teachers to do the best that they can and to grow the teaching profession. This is what Hargreaves and Fullan referred to as social capital, which is professional experiences that allow teachers to learn together. This can extend beyond schools to other schools in the area and other places that teachers interact. social capital cannot exist if the teacher is in isolation during their workday. social capital can be beneficial in many ways, to help build relationships but also to help create a better teaching environment.
I made connections to the reading from this week. the collaboration process is important in any job, whether it is a group of writers for Saturday Night Live or a group of volunteer firefighters, all jobs can benefit from the effects of social capital. another connection was that the teacher must respect the opinions and the expertise of there colleagues. I also feel that this could apply to any job, it is important to give respect where respect is due.
One question that still remains for me is, the code(s) of ethics often have grey areas, so how does a teacher really know where the grey area is and how to know what is right?