Those in teaching who have reached a professional level are at ease with themselves and with their work. Ease with one’s self comes from knowing what to accept and what to reject.
Here are some suggestions that may help you reach professional ease with yourself and your colleagues:
- Accept the school as it is. You have an obligation to work with the basic objectives of GACS… You earn freedom to disagree only after you have proved your ability to conform.
- Accept the school’s schedule, although this may be hard to do. Because of the many interests the schedule must serve, it may cause some inconveniences.
- Accept your share of additional duties. Each teacher must take on responsibilities outside the classroom. Meet them; do not shirk such duties. Organize your school time and off-school time so that additional chores work little hardship.
- Reject the notion that your classes are more important than others. This tendency may be shown in giving over lengthy assignments or in holding pupils overtime. It is unfair to the child and his many interests and disrupts the school generally.
- Reject the urge to criticize. To criticize a teacher or a practice is a matter of public concern. For this reason, criticism of teachers and administration is one of the serious violations of professional ethics. Violations of official duties should be taken to the administration; serious mistakes on the part of others should be discussed with persons involved in private.