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20 Reasons Why Teaching is a Great Profession

Written By: Brandi Jordan Category: Career Path

Why Teaching is a Great Profession

Teaching isnt for the faint of heart. Its filled with unexpected moments and never-ending paperwork.
Thankfully, its also a profession thats filled with rewards that outweigh the trials. Whether youre a
veteran teacher or just embarking on your teaching career, here are 20 reminders why you have the
most important job in the world as an educator.

Teaching is a Great Profession Because

1. You witness daily lightbulb moments when students finally understand and master a skill.

2. Kids are fun!

3. You make a difference in a childs life every single day.

4. You get to read beautiful childrens picture books on a daily basis.

5. Everyday you play the role of actress, comedian, coach, cheerleader, parent, juggler, and super
organized multi-tasker. You are a super hero without the cape!

6. You are a lifelong learner and learning is fun.

7. Your professional wardrobe is filled with comfortable clothes and shoes.

8. Creativity is encouraged.

9. There is never a dull moment in your classroom.

10. You can wear a battery operated, light-up sweater with a flashing reindeer nose in December and 24
5-year olds think you are a fashionista.

11. No two days are ever exactly alike.

12. It challenges you intellectually, creatively, and emotionally to be the best you can be.

13. You get to teach students life lessons every day. From success to failure, you guide them through
each phase of learning.

14. No other profession has such a wonderful support and mentor system that encourages you to

15. Time off during the winter holidays to spend with family and friends.
16. You become an expert at behavior management and organizing your time.

17. Other teachers are willing to share ideas online to help you with lesson planning.

18. You will always be aware of the current toy/eraser/collecting card/bracelet obsession and will soon
amass a collection of them on your desk when they distract your students.

19. You have the privilege of seeing students progress and grow throughout their time in your

20. Summer vacation, because it gives you uninterrupted time to plan for next year. Everyone knows
its not really time off!

Thank you for all that you do to make the classroom a magnificent learning environment for your
students. You change the future every single day. You are appreciated!

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Nature of Teaching and Teaching as a
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The Nature of Teaching
Teaching as a Profession
Teachers as Professionals
The Associations Role in the Context of Teacher Professionalism
Professional Self-Governance
The Nature of TeachingTop of page
In its broadest sense, teaching is a process that facilitates learning. Teaching is
the specialized application of knowledge, skills and attributes designed to provide
unique service to meet the educational needs of the individual and of society.
The choice of learning activities whereby the goals of education are realized in
the school is the responsibility of the teaching profession.
In addition to providing students with learning opportunities to meet curriculum
outcomes, teaching emphasizes the development of values and guides students
in their social relationships. Teachers employ practices that develop positive self-
concept in students. Although the work of teachers typically takes place in a
classroom setting, the direct interaction between teacher and student is the
single most important element in teaching.
Teaching as a ProfessionTop of page
The continued professionalization of teaching is a long-standing goal of the
Alberta Teachers Association. The Association continues to work to advance
teaching as a profession. Professionalism is a complex and elusive concept; it is
dynamic and fluid. Six generally accepted criteria are used to define a profession.
The teaching profession in Alberta fulfills those criteria in the following ways:
1. Its members have an organized body of knowledge that separates the group
from all others. Teachers are equipped with such a body of knowledge, having an
extensive background in the world and its culture and a set of teaching methods
experientially derived through continuous research in all parts of the world.
2. It serves a great social purpose. Teachers carry responsibilities weighted with
social purpose. Through a rigid and self-imposed adherence to the Code of
Professional Conduct, which sets out their duties and responsibilities, teachers
pass on their accumulated culture and assist each student under their care in
achieving self-realization.
3. There is cooperation achieved through a professional
organization. Cooperation plays an important role in the development of the
teaching profession because it represents a banding together to achieve
commonly desired purposes. The teaching profession has won its well-deserved
place in the social order through continuous cooperation in research,
professional preparation and strict adherence to the Code of Professional
Conduct, which obligates every teacher to treat each student within a sacred
trust. Teachers have control or influence over their own governance, socialization
into teaching and research connected with their profession.
4. There is a formal period of preparation and a requirement for continuous
growth and development. Teachers are required to complete a defined teacher
preparation program followed by a period of induction or internship prior to being
granted permanent certification. This period includes support for the formative
growth of teachers and judgments about their competence. Teachers are
devoted to continuous development of their ability to deliver their service.
5. There is a degree of autonomy accorded the professional. Teachers have
opportunities to make decisions about important aspects of their work. Teachers
apply reasoned judgment and professional decision making daily in diagnosing
educational needs, prescribing and implementing instructional programs, and
evaluating the progress of students. Teacher judgment unleashes learning and
creates the basis for experience.
6. The profession has control or influence over education standards, admissions,
licensing, professional development, ethical and performance standards, and
professional discipline. As professionals, teachers are governed in their
professional relationships with other members, school boards, students and the
general public by rules of conduct set out in the Associations Code of
Professional Conduct. The code stipulates minimum standards of professional
conduct for teachers, but it is not an exhaustive list of such standards. Unless
exempted by legislation, any member of the Association who is alleged to have
violated the standards of the profession, including the provisions of the code,
may be subject to a charge of unprofessional conduct under the Discipline
Bylaws of the Association.
The competence of teachers is governed by the Practice Review Bylaws of the
Association. The expectations for the professional practice of teachers related to
interim and permanent certification are found in the Teaching Quality Standard
Applicable to the Provision of Basic Education in Alberta. The Teaching Quality
Standard defines the knowledge, skills and attributes all teachers are expected to
demonstrate as they complete their professional preparation, enter the
profession and progress through their careers. Additionally, the Department of
Educations Teacher Growth, Supervision and Evaluation Policy (Policy 2.1.5)
supports and reinforces the Teaching Quality Standard by setting out basic
expectations for teacher growth, supervision and evaluation.
Teachers as ProfessionalsTop of page
The certificated teacher is the essential element in the delivery of instruction to
students, regardless of the mode of instruction. A teacher has professional
knowledge and skills gained through formal preparation and experience.
Teachers provide personal, caring service to students by diagnosing their needs
and by planning, selecting and using methods and evaluation procedures
designed to promote learning. The processes of teaching include understanding
and adhering to legal and legislated frameworks and policies; identifying and
responding to student learning needs; providing effective and responsive
instruction; assessing and communicating student learning; developing and
maintaining a safe, respectful environment conducive to student learning;
establishing and maintaining professional relationships; and engaging in
reflective professional practice. These processes must be free of discriminatory
practices and should contribute to the holistic development of students who are
actively engaged, responsible and contributing members of a democratic society.
The educational interests of students are best served by teachers who practise
under conditions that enable them to exercise professional judgment. Teachers
have a right to participate in all decisions that affect them or their work, and have
a corresponding responsibility to provide informed leadership in matters related
to their professional practice.
The Associations Role in the Context of Teacher
ProfessionalismTop of page
The Alberta Teachers Association is a self-governing body financed through
membership fees established in accordance with the bylaws of the Association.
The legal framework through which the Association functions is the Teaching
Profession Act. The Association, through the democratic interaction of its
members, is the collective voice of Alberta teachers. It is a unilateral organization
that includes as active members certificated individuals employed in public
education as classroom teachers, as well as school- and district-based
administrators. The profession believes that all professional educators should be
members of the Association and strives to accomplish this through an
amendment to the Teaching Profession Act that would include superintendents
and deputy superintendents appointed by school boards.
As a professional teachers association, the Alberta Teachers Association
performs a wide range of activities related to the enhancement of teaching as a
profession, the improvement of public education and the well-being of its
members. The Association furthers the professional status of teaching by policing
the conduct and competence of its members through its Discipline Bylaws and
Practice Review Bylaws, ensuring high levels of practice for students and public
assurance in the teaching profession. The Association also has a responsibility to
appraise the expectations of society and to recommend changes to Albertas
education system to meet changing needs. Thus, it maintains an active interest
and a position of leadership in all areas of public education. This includes
systematic long-range planning in such matters as the processes of teaching,
working conditions for professional service, organization and administration of
schools, teacher education and certification, curriculum, educational research
and development, early childhood education, and education finance. Through its
committees dealing with these topics, as well as through representation on many
departmental committees and boards, the Association stays at the forefront of
the most recent developments and represents the interests of its members. To
accomplish this, the Association should have adequate representation on all
Department of Education committees, boards and advisory bodies dealing with
matters related to teaching and learning, and all members representing the
profession on government advisory bodies, boards and committees should be
named by the Association.
Professional Self-GovernanceTop of page
A common criterion for measuring the degree of public acceptance achieved by a
professional organization is its ability and willingness to exercise rigorous control
over membership standards. This means that the professional body has control
over the educational, certification, practice and competence standards to
determine who enters into and remains in the profession. A long-standing goal of
the profession is to have jurisdiction over teacher certification in Alberta. The
Associations having such authority would parallel the established practice of
other professions.
As the authoritative voice of the teaching profession in the province, the
Association must play a role in making decisions related to teacher preparation,
recruitment, selection, admission, institutional preparation, internship, placement
and programs of support in the early years of practice. It should have direct and
formal representation in the process that accredits institutions that grant degrees
in education.
Finally, the Association believes that teachers require one teaching certificate
and that all teachers have the same certificate. As previously mentioned, the
profession, through the Association, should have full responsibility for the
issuance of teaching certificates and the suspension or cancellation of
certificates on grounds of incompetence or unprofessional conduct.
ConclusionTop of page
Alberta is recognized for having one of the best public education systems in the
world. Central to the system are caring, highly competent professional teachers
who are supported by a professional association that recognizes as its core
responsibilities stewardship of the profession, services to its members and
commitment to public education. The continued efforts of teachers to strive to
improve their professional practice, supported by the collective through the
Alberta Teachers Association, will ensure that Alberta students will continue to
receive quality teaching resulting in enriched educational experiences.
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