Thursday, September 09, 2010

New Teacher-Interns Agree to Uphold the Ethical Obligations of Teaching

Tags: davis, teacher education

On September 8, 2010, the forty-seven new undergraduate teacher-interns in our elementary teacher education program participated in an investiture ceremony at the School of Education. The interns were given lists of nine ethical obligations of teaching and discussed these before participating in a ceremony in which they were given name badges to wear throughout their program.

The ethical obligations of teaching are a product of research and deliberation within the Teacher Education Initiative, our ongoing comprehensive project that is redesigning how teachers are prepared for practice at the University of Michigan, as well as building knowledge and tools that will inform teacher education more broadly. The obligations include demonstrating commitment to every student, working continuously to improve instructional competence, and ensuring equitable access to learning in the classroom.

Prior to the ceremony, Elizabeth Davis, associate professor and faculty chair of elementary teacher education, called upon the interns to wear their badges as symbols that they accept the ethical obligations and commit to supporting all children in learning.

Later, Davis charged the interns to wear their badges whenever they are in their schools. “Your name badge serves so that others know who you are and it also serves as a reminder to yourself about this role that you’re taking on, and the responsibilities and obligations that you have as a teacher. The badge helps everyone who sees you know who you are and what you’re doing.”

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