Teacher Professionalism During The 21st Century Classroom Essay

2086 WordsSep 19, 20169 Pages
Prof. Douglas Bailer Abstract The purpose of this paper is to define and discuss teacher professionalism in the 21st century classroom, address the characteristics possessed by professionals in the field, the evolution and role of the teacher in the class as it relates to professionalism, and the future outlook of professionalism in the field of education and how there has been a full circle effect in terms of professionalism and what this means to individuals entering the profession. Additionally, this paper will assess how professionalism constructs social change in and outside of the classroom setting and how these changes are the cornerstone of the profession. Defining Teacher Professionalism in the 21st Century Defining Professionalism Merriam- Webster defines professionalism simply as: the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well. This definition however, is broad and vague as what constitutes professionalism in one setting may not suffice in another setting. Such as the case in the field of education. In terms of educational professionalism the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), provides core standards for educators which serves as a guidance tool for what Florida 's public school educators throughout the state are expected to know and be able to do. These practices known as the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) were established in 1998 through State Board of Education (Rule
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