It’s time for the school year to start again – new teachers and experienced teachers alike are heading back to their students after a well-deserved summer break. Teacher Candidates at university teacher-training programs are also heading back to school, to learn about their new profession.
Being a professional means a lot of things in a general sense, but for K-12 teachers, there are some very specific requirements. These requirements also apply to Teacher Candidates, as they will be working as (not-yet-certified) “real teachers” alongside their school mentors. Therefore, they need to know what’s expected of them as professionals. The statutory, regulatory, and union requirements for teacher professionalism can come across as a heavy and overwhelming topic. Therefore, to make it a bit more fun, and to make the information a bit more sticky/easy to remember, I’ve written a song, “You’re a Professional”.