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The Ten Commandments of Professionalism for Teachers

The Ten Commandments of Professionalism for Teachers
Wisdom From a Veteran Teacher

February 2005 | 80 pages | Corwin
`Finally, educators won't have to trudge forty years through the academic desert to find the answers to their teaching problems. The Ten Commandments of Professionalism in Teaching is a perfect 10' - Steve Young, Author

Avoid many of the professional pitfalls that plague beginning teachers!

All new teachers make mistakes. But if they exhibit a high level of professionalism, they will be welcomed back. If not, they may be searching for another job or even a new career.

The Ten Commandments of Professionalism for Teachers reveals the unspoken rules of conduct that help experienced teachers and educators thrive in the classroom, the district, and the community. Vickie Gill, the best-selling author of The Eleven Commandments of Good Teaching, explains how to behave in a professional manner with students, other teachers, administrators, support staff, and parents. Using humour, stories, and personal experiences, she examines the importance of professional and personal balance, maximizing teamwork, avoiding gossip, and being a positive role model.

Offering advice in a friendly and accessible manner, this practical guide includes insider information on:

- Finding a suitable mentor

- The use and abuse of power

- After hours job duties and administrative details

- Specific ways to use documentation to protect yourself

- Continued professional growth

Designed primarily for new teachers determined to demonstrate their professionalism and experienced teachers interested in mentoring, this book is also an indispensable resource for staff developers, teacher trainers, and administrators.

Neal B. Mitchell
About the Author
1. Thou Shalt Define Your Terms
What are the characteristics of a professional teacher? Successful teachers develop a clear image of themselves at their professional best.

2. Thou Shalt Locate Your Mentor
An appropriate mentor is invaluable. New teachers need to locate someone whose style they respect and who will guide them through the pitfalls of the first few years.

3. Thou Shalt Keep Up Appearances
What is appropriate dress for a teacher? Successful educators understand that their appearance will create the first impression that students, colleagues, administrators, and parents will make of them.

4. Thou Shalt Respect Your Power
Because of the nature of the job, teachers are handed a great deal of power over their students. Professional teachers respect that power, they do not abuse it by becoming a "buddy" or a "dictator" in the classroom.

5. Thou Shalt Take Care of the Parents
Professional teachers work hard to open up the lines of communication between the home and school. They understand the importance of creating positive relationships with their students' parents in the first few weeks of the school year.

6. Thou Shalt Pull Your Weight
All teachers are part of a team and must learn ways to work cooperatively with even the most difficult coworkers.

7. Thou Shalt Pay Attention to the Details
Before school begins, teachers need to establish a classroom management plan which includes a system for documenting discipline problems.

8. Thou Shalt Pick and Choose Your Battles
A professional knows the difference between a petty annoyance and a roadblock. Successful teachers learn to diffuse a negative situation before it gets out of control.

9. Thou Shalt Grow in Your Profession
As with any profession, teachers must stay aware of new advances in education and resist the temptation to teach the same curriculum in the same style year after year.

10. Thou Shalt Be Thyself
Master teachers work as productive members of their teams, but they are careful to protect those special qualities that they bring to the profession as unique individuals.



"Finally, educators won't have to trudge forty years through the academic desert to find the answers to their teaching problems. The Ten Commandments of Professionalism for Teachers is a perfect 10."

Steve Young

"This book should be a prerequisite for every teacher before they are permitted to enter a classroom to help them develop a sense of judgment about how a professional behaves on the job. In fact, teachers with years of experience would also benefit by reading this book, as it would help them to better evaluate their skills and performance in the classroom."

From the Foreword by Neal Mitchell, Former Professor
Harvard Graduate School of Design

"Gill’s conversational tone and nonjudgmental style are perfect for an audience of new teachers. Each chapter is clear, concise, and to the point, a real plus for busy teachers. I wish I had been given a copy of this book when I entered education!"

Catherine Duffy, English Department Chairperson
Three Village Central School District, Stony Brook, NY

"Vickie Gill's book is full of sound advice that mentors would give to their protégés. However, I enjoyed it as a seasoned veteran. Many of the lessons are things we only learn through experience. The chapters were short, sweet, and to the point. This book should be supplied to every first-year teacher."

Lois Williams
Curriculum Specialist, VA

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