Thursday, August 25, 2016

Being a Professional Educator

And so a new year begins.  Like last year and the one before that, we welcome the next generation of teachers and staff into our buildings.  Who are these individuals?  What skills, talents, and attitudes do they possess that will benefit the students they interact with?  Time will tell, but the one thing we do know that we want them to be is... professional.  This is a lot harder than it sounds. Whether just starting out or have been in the field for fifty years, being a professional educator can be challenging. Here are ten ways you can demonstrate  professionalism everyday.

  • Stay on top of the current trends in education by reading, listening, and collaborating with others
  • Be supportive of your colleagues when you see them taking risks
  • Respond to stressful situations calmly
  • Don't make quick decisions that you may have to back away from later.  Be deliberate and thorough in your thought process  
  • Look the part and dress appropriately for your setting
  • Choose your words carefully
  • Respect and support the decisions made by your superiors
  • Portray confidence even when you pay be at your lowest point
  • Don't succumb and promote teacher cliche's that portray you anything less than professional
  • Ask for help and support when you need it.  This is not a sign of weakness but rather shows that you care