The success of any teaching practice is grounded within the teacher’s dispositions. As a result, effective educators should continue developing themselves personally and professionally throughout their teaching careers. This paper examines the importance of professional dispositions to learners. In this paper, I also evaluate the model of the code of ethics for educators based on my past educational experience and ascertain traits, skills, and attributes that are effective for teachers.
Professional Dispositions of Learners
Professional disposition for learners plays a significant role in an educational setting as they influence a sportive behavior among the students/learners that affects their learning activities, motivation and development, and personal and professional growth. These professional dispositions equip teachers with professional character to teach effectively, engage and relate well with the learners. By adopting professional dispositions, teachers can create a bond with learners, enabling them to learn and do their best in the classroom (Littlejohn, 2008). Perhaps, learners’ professional dispositions help the teachers implement the different commitments to the learners and help them achieve their desired learning outcome.
High expectation is one example demonstrated in the educational setting regarding professional dispositions. As such, educators and teachers believe that all students can be successful in their educational activities if they are supported well by the teachers and other stakeholders. Caring, confidence, and responsibility give teachers professionalism to help students achieve their academic goals.
Application of Model Code of Ethics for Educators
Educators’ model code of ethics plays an important role in classroom practices. It equips teachers with professionalism and responsibility to offer students equitably and quality teaching content. The model code of ethics has been applied in my classroom in many ways. The first one is based on principle three; responsibility to students, which requires educators to treat learners with dignity and respect (Hammonds, 2020). All the teachers in my classroom have been friendly, and none of them has ever disrespected my classmates or me. The teachers have also been friendly and respectful to the students of color and have always fought against discrimination of any form, such as racial, color, sexual, and religious discrimination. Hence, I can say that our teachers try their best to ensure every student is safe and make a conducive environment for effective learning.
Skills, Traits, or Attributes of Effective Teachers
Teachers’ skills and traits in my previous class experience include respect and dignity for all students and the ability to engage students with an open mind. In all the classes I have attended previously, teachers collaborate with students in straightforwardness and are open to responding to the student’s questions and concerns in a respectful manner (Külekçi, 2018). All the teachers are open to the student’s ideas and respect each student’s opinion, and they differ with students respectfully.
To be an effective teacher, I must be dedicated to my job and committed to offering high-quality and equitable teaching content to all students. Respect is of absolute importance as a teacher, and I intend to be respectful to all students, be mindful of their issues and help them academically and socially to ensure their academic success and improve their wellbeing. I would also like to be friendly to the students, engage and create a bond with them and ensure none of the students is discriminated against.
In this paper, I have shown that dispositions are important in a learning setting as they ensure both students and teachers engage and interact in a respectful manner and give students the ability and readiness to learn. Learners’ professional dispositions help the teachers implement the different commitments to the learners and help them achieve their desired learning outcomes.
Hammonds, L. (2020). Embracing the Model Code of Ethics for Educators across Multiple Jurisdictions: An Exploratory Multiple Case Study (Doctoral dissertation, the University of Hawai’i at Manoa).
Külekçi, G. (2018). Identifying the Perceptions of Prospective English Language Teachers on Characteristics of Effective Teachers: Who Is the Ideal Teacher? Novitas-ROYAL (Research on Youth and Language), 12(1), 1-15.
Littlejohn, A. (2008). Digging deeper: learners’ disposition and strategy use. Strategies in language learning and teaching, 68-81.