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Personal Statement: Professional Dispositions

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Professional Dispositions Paper
Jaiden G. Campbell
Spring 2017
EDUC 2002 Orientation to Teaching

During these first few months as a Deaf education major at USAO, I’ve begun to understand that an effective teacher must honor a multitude of commitments. The most fundamental of these are their commitment to being a knowledgeable lifelong learner, an ethical professional, as well as a fair and reflective facilitator. It is absolutely imperative that I master these professional dispositions before I graduate and enter my first year of teaching. Thankfully, I am already making progress towards this goal.
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