Teaching as a career
April 24, 2014
There are many factors that come into place when defining a teacher as a professional. First one must know what it means to be a professional. A professional is defined by having a specialized body of knowledge, an emphasis on decision making, reflection, autonomy, and ethical standards for conduct (Kauchak, D. & Eggen, P. 2005). Teachers have professional knowledge in that they have a knowledge of content as well as pedagogical content knowledge and much more. A teacher also has extended training and knowledge of the profession. Another professional definition that the teacher possess is an emphasis on decision making. Teachers have to make many decisions daily. They decide how they are going to present their curriculum as well as how to maintaining a welcoming classroom and how they are going to combine all kinds of learners into one classroom filled with learning. Teachers also have to reflect on what they have done. From day to day and year to year teachers are always trying to improve their lesson plans incorporate every one and the on goings of the current time. It is a challenge that teachers are rising up to. Also teachers follow ethical standards for conduct. A teacher is role model for so many, much like other professionals. This means teachers have a certain standard of conduct they follow.
Kauchak, D. & Eggen, P. (2005). Introduction to teaching: Becoming a professional (2nd ed.).
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall.