Victorian Teaching Profession Code of Conduct. Have you read it? I do wonder how many Victorian teachers have taken the time to read the Victorian Institute of Teaching’s document that outlines professional code of conduct as it relates to students, parents,families, community and colleagues; personal conduct and professional competence.
It is an enlightening read and serves as a reminder of the diverse and demanding work of teaching today.
My attention is drawn to the professional learning section 3:Professional Competence.
Teachers are urged to value their professionalism and set and maintain high standards of competence. They should be knowledgeable in their areas of expertise, committed to pursuing their own professional learning and able to complete their duties in a responsible, thorough and timely way. (VIT, p 3.)
Be honest. How are you going? Do a quick mental audit of your professional practice for the last year. Grab the red, amber and green stickers and apply them to your practice.
Red for areas which have had little or no attention and need to be developed
Amber for areas where there is some evidence of attention and development
Green for areas that you are actively working on
And again be honest. For those areas that got the amber and red stickers is there a reason, a story behind why you have not attempted to grow your area of expertise? Are you allowing local school politics, low staff morale, a personal health or family issue to intrude on your professional practice?
I suspect that there is not much chat about this document around the staff room table at morning coffee. But it is a helpful document IF you allow it to be a tool for some individual reflection and learning. Read it.