The Standards of Practice and Ethical standards provides the key elements required in every classroom in order to provided a professional and safe learning environment in order to teach effectively. The standards of practice consist of commitment to students and student learning, professional knowledge, professional practice, leadership in learning communities and ongoing professional learning. Applying these standards of practice hand in hand with the ethical standards will foster students learning and prepare them for the real world.
It is important to remember each student is an individual and may not learn the same, we must be equitable treating them with respect and be sensitive to these possibilities. Therefore, our commitment to students and student learning is to “facilitate the development of students as contributing citizens of Canadian society” and each student will contribute to society in a multitude of ways. We must thus teach accordingly, by using differentiated learning strategies and adapting to our students needs.
Although we graduate from university, it is important to realize society and technology are constantly evolving and in order to prepare our students to contributing citizens of Canadian society we must be current in our professional knowledge. We must “understand and reflect on student development, learning theory, pedagogy, curriculum, ethics, educational research and related policies and legislation to inform professional judgment in practice. “
Through ongoing inquiry, dialogue and reflection we as members will be able to apply our professional knowledge and experiences to promote students learning in our professional practice. By applying the use of “appropriate pedagogy, assessment and evaluation, resources and technology in planning for and responding to the needs of individual students and learning communities.”
Thus by maintaining ongoing professional learning (by experience, research, collaboration and knowledge) by participating in workshops, conferences and taking additional qualification courses we can continue an ongoing learning experience for ourselves and we can effectively promote students learning as well.
As a teacher we take on a leadership role in learning communities such as the classroom. We must keep in mind that our goal in to create a safe and supporting learning community in order to facilitate student success. It is our responsibility to “maintain and uphold the principles of the ethical standards in these learning communities.” Integrating care, respect, trust and integrity will help create that learning community preparing students for a world outside the classroom.
Not only do we take on a leadership role, we become role models, a person students may look up to, seek guidance from and by using the ethical standards students will begin to use them as well. The ethical standard of Care promotes a positive influence, professional judgment and empathy in practice. If we show the students we care about them, they may show more compassion in return to us and others around them. By modeling the ethical standard of Respect we will demonstrate to our students they are each valued as individuals and they will learn to respect those around them. We embody fairness, openness and honesty in our classrooms and base our professional relationships with all the people around us through the ethical standard of Trust. The students, our colleagues, parents, guardians and the public rely on us and we must continuously reflect upon our professional commitments and responsibilities by exercising the ethical standard of Integrity. I always try and remember I am shaping my students and preparing them for the world ahead of them. If I can put all those things in my day to day activities, my students will model me and use them as well.