Understanding teaching as a profession
Teacher candidates positively impact student learning that is:
1. Informed by professional responsibilities and policies. All students benefit from a collegial and professional school setting.
2. Enhanced by a reflective, collaborative, professional growth-centered practice. All students benefit from the professional growth of their teachers.
3. Informed by legal and ethical responsibilities. All students benefit from a safe and respectful learning environment.
My Understanding of Standard P
I consider this to be the context in which all the other standards take place. This standard addresses the teaching profession, and as such, it serves as a foundation to what I teach (standard S), how I teach (standard T) and who I teach (standard L). There are various components that influence the development of the profession such as teachers acknowledging and respecting their professional responsibilities as a teacher. I believe that these responsibilities are informed, in part, by my understanding of educational policies that guide schooling in the state, and also by the legal and ethical responsibilities and obligations of teaching. Remembering this will guide my own on-going professional development. I believe that professional teachers are those who are willing to participate and collaborate with colleagues in a reflective, professional growth-centered environment that focuses on both positively impacting student learning and improving the social/moral fabric of school life.