The Professional Identity Of A Teacher

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Teachers play an important role in society. They are responsible for educating children, the leaders of tomorrow. A teacher is recognised as one of the most influential people involved within the development of a child, responsible for the imparting of both social and academic knowledge. As an aspiring teacher it is important to reflect and critique on the professional identity of a teacher. We must understand the standards that are expected of teachers by revising policies such as the Melbourne Declaration (2008), AITSL’s (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership) Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (2015) and the Early Years Learning Framework (2009). We must be capable of drawing on our own understanding from…show more content…
The Melbourne Declaration (2008) focuses on the idea of improving the educational outcomes of young Australians, a collective responsibility that is shared among teachers and authority figures such as governments and parents/caregivers. The educational goals are that ‘Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence’ and ‘all young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens’ (Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, 2008, p. 7).
The goals presented in the Melbourne Declaration (2008) are significant in a teacher’s pedagogical practise because a teacher that is aware of these goals and includes them in their pedagogy is one that is more likely to be successful at fulfilling the professional standards.

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (2015) by AITSL has provided seven strong standards and focus areas for teachers to follow. The standards that have been presented are agreeable and provide an acceptable platform for teachers to teach upon. Further on, as an aspiring Early Childhood Educator, it is important to be aware of the Early Years Learning Framework (2009) which primarily focuses on the learning outcomes, principles and practices that are associated with Early Childhood pedagogy. It is evident from these standards that teaching is a career full of responsibility and expectations, levels that rise above a number
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