Andria's Ethics of Teaching (Teacher Leadership (Advocacy,…
Andria's Ethics of Teaching
Students are number one
Your students are the reason you are there. They deserve the very best you have to offer.
Don't be rigid in your teaching, try new strategies, let them be kids, don't get hung up on scores, have fun teaching, let them know you are there for them whenever they need.
Treat all learners equally
Everyone student is different, but should not be treated differently.
Give each student what they need to learn, emotionally and physically, Some students will be easier to reach but you cannot give up on those who are harder work.
You cannot care for others if you do not care for yourself.
Take breaks, practice mindfulness, say NO when you are overwhelmed, do things for yourself, do not get wrapped up in feelings of guilt because you are not spending loads of extra time in your classroom, make a lot of time for things and people not school related.
Advocate for yourself and your students
Do not settle and give up if you feel in your gut something is wrong. Speak up for yourself, and your students to get what is best.
Talk to your union if you have to, ask questions, be informed. Advocate for the services your students need, talk to the families and tell them your thoughts.
Do Not Discriminate
Teachers come across new and different families every year. They all deserve respect from their child's teacher.
do not discriminate based on your student's background. They might be here from another country, a tough home, neglect, abuse, foster care, etc. But give them the same opportunities you give every other child. Do not assume or act as if they cannot handle it.
Early Childhood Teachers are looked at as glorified babysitters. Show the world I am a professional with a lot to offer in Education
Go to all the staff meetings, bring ideas, be a part of the committees and leadership teams
Respect for your student's families
Every Day is a New Day
Give them hugs, ask them about their evening, tell them you care about them and that tomorrow is a new day!
Giving my students a chance to have a fresh start everyday shows them I care about them and they know they can change.
Parents are a child's first teacher. They are an important piece of who the child is.
Learn about your families, learn about their culture, keep communication open at all times.
As a leader, you must be open to trying new things, thinking outside the box, and willing to participate in things outside your comfort zone. You must be ready to advocate for yourself, your students, and your colleagues. That might also mean putting your self out there and saying things other people may not wan to hear or change things that have been "the way it's always been."