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Book review: The ten commandments of professionalism for teachers

I came across this newly acquired book in our library, entitled “The ten commandments of professionalism for teachers: wisdom from a veteran teacher” by Vicki Gill. The book has 69 pages, with ten chapters that discusses each commandment per chapter and is intended for beginning teachers. The book is published by Corwin Press and there is a publisher’s description for Library of Congress . Below are the recommended ten commandments from which we librarians can probably derive our own ten commandments of professionalism for librarians that we can add to our code of ethics (entries were taken from this link). Read on and share what you think?

1) Thou shalt define your terms – Successful teachers develop a clear image of themselves at their professional best.

2) Thou shalt locate your mentor – 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 appearance – Successful educators understand that their appearance creates the first impressions that students, colleagues, administrators and parents will have of them.

4) Thou shalt respect your power – 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 lines of communication between the home and the school.

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 that 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.

9) Thou shalt grow in your profession – As with any profession, teachers must stay aware of the new advances in education and resist temptation to teach the same curriculum in the same style year after year.

10) Thou shalt be yourself – Master teachers work as productive members of their teams and understand that they will be far more effective teachers if they maintain a personal life that is separate from their professional life.
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