Personal Code of Ethics
Everyone holds themselves to some sort of standard. Spoken or unspoken, written or unwritten, they have guidelines for everyday choices and decisions. These guidelines are sometimes called morals, values, or ethics. In a professional situation these guidelines are vital to ones success. They provide accountability and checks and balances for ones professional life.
As a teacher one should keep themselves to a higher standard. Teachers are responsible for shaping the lives of the future. This is a large task, and requires a strong commitment to excellence. Each teacher must decide what rules and guidelines they will set for their classroom, and should expect nothing less, and most likely more, out of themselves. Honesty, fairness, respect, and professionalism are all areas that are important. Code of Ethics:
Honesty reaches many areas of teaching. A teacher must be straight forward with their administration. They should not provide false data in order to make their classroom look successful. They must be honest with parents about how a student is performing in class. They must be honest with students about their expectations and how that student fits into those expectations.
Fairness also covers many aspects of a teacher’s job. Teachers must not show favoritism to one student over another. They must treat each student equally not matter what their background, ethnicity, creed, religion, or other difference. They must handle discipline issues in the fairest way possible. The punishment should fit the crime.
Teachers must teach respect as well as show it. Each child should be respected in their beliefs, rights, and decisions. No student is exactly like the next so teachers should not expect the same things from each student while still remaining fair. Teachers should also expect respect. Students should respect their teachers in every way and teachers should carry themselves in a manner that demands it.
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