By Teachers, For Teachers
The teaching profession requires commitment. An effective educator needs to be committed not only to their students, but to the teaching profession as a whole. This means abiding by the rules and regulations, embracing the principles of the teaching profession, as well as the requirements.
According to research, professional commitment is an attitude that someone has toward her job. It’s her point of view and her active participation for the profession. Teacher commitment helps to differentiate those who are devoted to their profession and those who are not. The individuals who are committed are not only committed to their students and their school, but are also lifelong learners who are committed to the teaching profession. Here we will take a closer look at a few of the essential components of being a professional who is dedicated to the teaching career.
Oftentimes, teachers come to be in the profession because of the pull that they feel toward the students. They feel a devotion to educate, and therefore their first priority as a teacher is to their students and their learning. Committed teachers always put their students’ wants, needs, and interests first. They meet the needs of each individual learner by providing a variety of unique teaching methods and techniques. They strive to motivate and engage students, and they understand that not every child will learn in the same way. Above all, they advocate for their students to ensure they are getting everything that they need in order to be a successful, educated student.
You know a teacher is committed to her school when you see her devote personal time to be an active member of their community and schools’ organization. These committed individuals volunteer their free time to be on committees and teach after-school programs. They are the coaches you see on the school grounds, and the chaperones at the school dances and events. They use their free time to help their school out in anyway possible. They are dedicated and devoted to their school’s success.
Committed teachers devote their time to continuing education. Just as a doctor never stops learning new techniques to help save lives, teachers who are dedicated to their profession never stop learning new strategies to engage and teach their students. They understand that teaching is a career that changes standards and regulations quite regularly, and are committed to keeping up with these ever-changing methods. They attend workshops and conferences, create online professional learning networks, and read educational blogs, all to ensure they are up to date with the latest educational innovations and teaching strategies. They are committed to challenging themselves and take every opportunity to continue learning, all for the success of their students.
Teaching is not a 9-5 type of job where you can just leave your work behind and pick it back up in the morning. It’s a job that requires time and commitment. Dedicated teachers take their work home with them, not just physically, but emotionally as well. They contribute not only themselves to their students and their job, but their emotional selves as well. When their students are hurting, they are hurting. When something isn’t going right at school, then they are the ones who advocate for change. For a devoted teacher, nothing is ever left undone. Teaching is a process and they will always be an active contributor to that process.
We live in a digital era where everything that surrounds is technological. In order to best prepare our students to continue to live in this technological world, committed teachers are devoted to keeping up with the ever-changing educational innovations. They strive to learn the new technologies and 21st-century tools that can help students be able to live and succeed in the world. They create experiences that connect students beyond the classroom and teach them the skills that are necessary to live in this day and age. These skills include how to apply their knowledge, analyze information, use their higher-order skills to think critically, collaborate and communicate, as well as solve complex problems and make their own decisions. These teachers are committed to making sure their students are 21st-century learners.
As important as all of the suggestions listed above are, the greatest professional commitment to teachers is of course to their students and to their learning. A teacher who is truly committed to her job will always put her students’ interests first, and go above and beyond to make sure that each and every one of their students is properly and effectively educated.
What do you think influences the professional commitment of teachers? Feel free to share your thoughts on the teaching profession in the comment section below, we would love to hear your thoughts on this important topic.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.