January 22, 2008
Questions Week 1
What is a teacher?
A teacher is first and foremost a professional with a specific job to do and a code of
ethics/standards to follow.
Within that description of a professional, the teacher then
also becomes a mentor, a guide, a disciplinarian, a tutor, a counselor, an educator, a
behaviorist and an artist.
Their most important job is to encourage the students to
want to learn.
They must help students to overcome their struggles to understand the
intended concepts and alter lesson plans to accommodate those struggles.
be understanding with home problems and accommodate for those without
jeopardizing the professionalism of their career.
What do you think about the population census of teachers at various grade levels in
terms of gender, race, ethnicity, age, etc?
See the statistical census in the Webb text and
on the websites cited.
The population census shows that the majority of teachers are aged in their 40s/50s
which can mean one of two things.
Either not enough young students are entering
into the teaching field, or not enough are staying in the teaching field.
there were better incentives for new teachers to want to stay in the field, the
percentages of younger teachers would increase and the void of teachers would
As far as the sex ratio, there are definitely a lot less males in the teaching
profession, but then there are quite a few more men than women in other professions.
Instead of being a gender bias, it is more a matter of preference.
Many men probably
just don’t find the act of teaching appealing.
It would be good however to have more
men as teachers because it would give some of the boys in school an adult figure to
The ratios of minorities to white, non Hispanic is extremely low.
same reasons as increasing the gender ratio, it would be helpful to give the students a
role model to look up to.
What makes teachers “professional?”
Teachers have specialized knowledge acquired through study.
Teachers also provide
an essential service to society.
They are forced to make decisions and judgments in
order to provide the most effective service for their students.
Teachers must follow
school policies, regulations, curriculum guides and state requirements.
operate under a code of professional standards and ethics.
How can I become a professional teacher?
After becoming certified to teach, and after teaching for three years, I could become
certified by the National Board.
I could also join professional organizations such as
those listed below.