Back to: Learning and Teaching Unit 5
The behavior of a person in the work environment is known as professional ethics. It’s certain rules about how a person should act in the workplace. Teachers too are expected to follow certain professional ethics in the institution. Teachers are the substitute for parents. They are the first guides of students outside the home. Students spend many years of their life with teachers and tend to look up to them.
Some of them may notice the behavior of teachers and follow the same. Hence, how a teacher behaves around the students is important for how a student behaves. Teachers should show proper manners around the students and work on shaping their behavior. The role of a teacher is very important in influencing the student’s life. As role models for students, teachers should follow ethics for the betterment of themselves and their students.
Importance of Professional Ethics for Teachers
The importance of professional ethics for teachers are:
Putting students first
As a teacher, students must be their first priority inside the school. The teacher must treat every student equally and with respect, without being biased. Honesty, kindness, helpfulness, patience, and fairness are the traits teachers must possess towards the students.
Maintaining healthy relationships
A teacher needs to have a good relationship with the students as well as with colleagues. Teachers should avoid gossiping about fellow workers and saying false-negative remarks about students. Teachers need to work in cooperation and unity with one another.
Commitment toward the job
Teachers must be committed to their profession. They need to be responsible for their duty and take the student’s future seriously. Other than providing knowledge to students, teachers must focus on the safety and security of students. Teachers must make sure no bullying or offensive conduct is going on.
As a Part of Moral Awareness
The teachers would certainly consider the profession as their moral duty along with spreading moral awareness among their students.
Basic Principles in Professional Ethics
These are the basic principles in professional ethics for teachers:
- Professional behavior
- Passion for teaching
- Sense of learning
- Integrity and Moralistic behavior
Professional ethics makes a teacher behave in a proper way and be responsible for his/her duty. It allows the teachers to work for the best interest of the students as well as for themselves. It is also helpful in the professional growth and personal development of the teachers.