Teachers are responsible for more than just helping students master school subjects. In many ways, educators act as a community’s primary role models. Exemplary teachers train students to become local and global citizens, and they rely on a strong code of ethics to guide their words and actions.
1. Demonstrate Dedication to the Profession
Effective educators show rather than tell students how to become empathetic, productive members of society. Commitment to being an exemplary community member must be front and center in all aspects of a teacher’s life.
Dedication to teaching also looks like being a lifelong learner. Educators must stay up to date on not only their course studies but also effective teaching strategies. A commitment to learning shows students that you believe in the principles you teach.
2. Prioritize Students
The best teachers always put students first. Prioritizing students means remembering that students are, first and foremost, people, and they deserve as much respect and patience as adults. Student-focused classrooms put the impetus of learning on students and emphasize the importance of trustworthy, respectful student-mentor relationships.
Having a strong personal code of teaching ethics helps educators live by the words they teach. The result is more authentic buy-in from students, more substantive student engagement, and more hope that up-and-coming generations of students are prepared to make the world a better place.