It is expected that the profession of teaching embraces many qualities of any other professional practice. Teachers must possess a combination of many qualities beginning with a strong academic background and wide-ranging knowledge. The National Framework for Professional Standards for Teaching (2003) it is the knowledge of students, curriculum, subject matter, pedagogy, education – related legislation and the specifically teaching context that is the foundation on effective teaching, and a firm foundation on which to construct well educated judgments.
Additional expected qualities that create the essentials of professionalism in relation to teaching are a high level of cognitive skills and social capabilities together with experienced personal qualities as stated by Marsh (2008) which include sensitivity, compassion, reflective and innovative thinking and commitment and dedication to the job. This support to facilitate such desired moral qualities as respect, caring, integrity, diligence and open communication as outlined by Groundwater-Smith (2009), the relationship of which is reinforced by Whitton (2009 p.47) in defining professionalism in teaching as being “…dependant of correct standards with the right conduct or practice”.
A teacher today needs to have an ability to relate to and create partnerships not with their students, but also families, administrators and other professionals. This ensures that all persons involved with the education of the student are on the same page. All involved then work in harmony and help each other achieve the common goal of educating the student in the best possible way for the best possible result. (Wesley, 1998, p 80)
It is very important that a teacher embraces adversity, variety and versatility if they wish to teach to the utmost of their ability. A teacher of today must be conscious that it is essential to expand and develop practices and preparations which will keep themselves up to date of policies, procedures and reviews carried out in schools. If they do not, then they will find themselves falling behind their colleagues and not providing the best education for their students. A teacher is continuously learning and updating their methods and technique throughout their profession as society will be constantly changing and updating. (Marsh, 2008
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT & ORGANISATION
To contribute to a positive working environment in the classroom, a teacher must be mindful of many features, which add to a, positive environment for their students. Various factors include the physical, psychological, social and pedagogical environments. These features are essential to contribute to creating an atmosphere of happiness and well-being which is essential. It is essential that a teacher creates a stimulating learning environment that students will enjoy, which must be appealing to the attention of students to continue their involvement.
A warm and involvement classroom environment should...