Saturday, December 17, 2011

Examining Codes of Ethics

Three ideals contained in the NAEYC and DEC code of ethics that are meaningful to me are: 

1. To recognize and respect the unique qualities, abilities, and potential of each child. This is significant to my professional life because I feel that every teacher has different qualities that makes them who they are in and out of the classroom. Effective teachers really care about the well-being of their students and should always love and care for their students, respect their qualities, abilities, and potential of each child. It's vital for teachers to realize that every child is different, they all have different learning styles, all come from different backgrounds and have different ways of being raised which affects their behavior, attitude, how they learn, etc. Children need to feel loved; children that are respected do feel loved.

2. To create and maintain safe and healthy settings that foster children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development and that respect their dignity and their contributions. This is ideal for my professional life because it's important that all children feel safe in their environment, especially their school environment. Students should feel comfortable in school because it's a place they attend five days a week and it's where they learn and meet other people. For some children, school is an outlet to get away from abuse, negativity, parents drug habits/alcoholism abandonment at home, etc. With that being said; it's our job as professional educators to make sure our students feel welcome and safe at school.

3.To support the right of each child to play and learn in an inclusive environment that meets the needs of children with and without disabilities. As an effective teacher I find it important to support the right of each of my students to play and learn in a comfortable, inclusive, safe environment that meets their needs weather they have disabilities or not. There are many different ways children can learn but a lot of children learn by playing. When children play they learn about themselves and their surroundings, they learn to solve problems and learn how to get along with others.