Published on January 14, 2014
Professionalism? What’s that? Presenting the best YOU at all times Job Search Summit Joe Jerles, Ed.D. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN S
Teacher Professionalism How much of this describes you? S
Lots of “mirror” work S Professionalism: a changing target – no single answer S like “good” Art – you know it when it is not. S Honest Self-Assessment
Pedagogy S The art or science of teaching S Refers to strategies of instruction or a style of instruction
Instructional Theory S Focuses on how to structure material for promoting the education of human beings S Two Parts: Cognitive, Behavioral
Teacher Professionalism in 3 parts: S Competence S Performance S Conduct
Competence S Preparation S Knowledge of subject S Defined pedagogy
Competence: 1-Preparation S Innovative techniques to create an effective learning environment based on the needs of the students S Teacher can (still) make classroom management decisions
Competence: 2-Subject Knowledge S Knowing the curriculum well is an advantage – allowing the teacher to focus on HOW to relate the material S Must develop and incorporate various innovative instructional strategies based on knowledge of learning theories (what works for you!)
Competence: 3-Defined Pedagogy S Informed trials to discover the most effective methods and techniques S Constant self-evaluation and revision if necessary S Allows teacher FREEDOM within bounds of the scope and sequence
Competence - Self Assessment S Do you feel prepared enough? S Do you know the curriculum in your chosen area(s) well enough? S Was your field practice sufficient to test your methodologies? Classroom Management! S What can I do to become MORE prepared?
Performance: Efficaciousness S Efficacious: Having the ability to achieve the desired effect. Efficient, effective, practical, valid, dynamic S Do your methods have the necessary efficaciousness? How do you know?
Performance: Efficaciousness S Ability to effectively teach the concepts AND MORE: S Students learn application of knowledge in authentic experiences S Must be reliable and dedicated to achieving the target – an “active” teacher
Performance: Self-Assessment S How effective and efficient are your strategies as a novice? S How dedicated are you to successfully educating your students? S How do you intend to keep your skills honed? Journals, associations, conferences
CONDUCT S How well one takes care of aesthetics (dispositions), language, behavior S Ability to initiate and maintain quality communication with students, parents, and other professionals
CONDUCT How well one takes care of S aesthetics (dispositions), S language, S behavior
CONDUCT DISPOSITIONS: S Demonstrates the ability to: S Demonstrate self-respect and for others S Work well with others, diversity S Accept constructive criticism, responds S Attend on time, punctual S Attempts solutions to problems S Demonstrate honesty, integrity S Adheres to guidelines of prof. conduct S Maintain professional ethics, appearance, demeanor both orally and written, including on social media S Communicate effectively orally and in writing
CONDUCT S Language – speaking properly “Do not give potential employers reason to suspect the quality of your education” S Model correct language use, proper grammar! S Limit/eliminate use of slang, minor exceptions S Use academic language appropriately S Caution: “Waving your degree” at parents, others
CONDUCT S Behavior – Teachers are never “off” S Interviews: A critical turning point for some S Dress: That uncomfortable subject – your personal dress code in the classroom S Serve as the example in all areas S Hold yourself to a higher standard
Conduct: Self-Assessment S Do you believe others see you as a budding professional? Why? S In what ways do you conduct yourself that say “I am a professional educator?”
The Wholeness of a Professional S Difficult to completely define S More than just knowledge, skill, caring S Professional “energy” or “passion” S Genuine interest in others learning
What is a “good” teacher? Defining a professional educator S Characteristics: Think of your favorite teacher who inspired you Try to sum that quality in a single word S 1.
Do these terms describe you?
Your journey begins…soon!
Questions / Comments S Offline questions/comments – KDP Open Forum S Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Joe Jerles Dept. of Teaching and Learning Martha Dickerson Ericsson College of Education Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN 37044
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