Academics

Dispositions for Teaching

Fairness
  • Demonstrates the qualities of caring, respect, empathy, and fairness, in relationships with students, parents, and peers
  • Promotes classroom culture of caring and respect for differences
  • Maintains high standards and expectations for all students
  • Shows sensitivity to all students and is committed to teaching all students
  • Respects and promotes understanding of different ethnic/ racial, gender, religious, and other aspects of children’s culture
  • Demonstrates a caring attitude toward students
Judgment
  • Makes rational decisions based upon available information
  • Makes rational decisions based upon available information
  • Understands the difference between equity and equality
  • Demonstrates self-control and reacts appropriately under stress
  • Monitors and adjusts readily to a situation
  • Expresses both positive and negative feelings in a professional manner
  • Accepts responsibility for own actions
Sense of Community
  • Demonstrates initiative in the classroom
  • Holds all stakeholders accountable for learning
  • Works collaboratively with students, teachers, parents, and peers
  • Establishes positive rapport and appropriate relationships
  • Appreciates multiple perspectives
  • Strives to develop sound content knowledge
  • Models behaviors and principles that lead all students to learning
Professional Commitment
  • Is punctual and responsible
  • Completes assignments in a timely manner
  • Attends class regularly
  • Demonstrates pride in self and work
  • Adheres to the guidelines as stipulated by each professional association, school, and school district
  • Exhibits dress and grooming appropriate for the setting
  • Exhibits positive leadership
  • Participates in professional development, leading to a commitment to life-long learning
  • Engages in professional discourse about subject matter knowledge and children’s learning in the discipline
Reflection
  • Accepts and adapts to change
  • Displays intellectual and academic curiosity
  • Thoughtfully considers suggestions for improving instruction
  • Practices reflective teaching
  • Makes connections to learning/teaching and everyday life
  • Demonstrates the capacity and inclination to examine the effects of his or her choices and actions on himself and others
  • Thinks, speaks and writes about teaching
  • Demonstrates listening skills
  • Keeps abreast of new ideas, research, and best practices in the field
Integrity
  • Demonstrates ethical decision making
  • Is trustworthy
  • Demonstrates and supports academic integrity as specified in the Newberry College catalog
  • Upholds the missions of the college and teacher education program by demonstrating integrity at all times

Dispositions for Teaching