What is the importance and relevance of a teaching pedagogy of being a professional and or professionalism?
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The importance of pedagogy can be overrated in terms of making or breaking a professional educator, if the idea is that one style of pedagogy is the best or the only way to reach students or to be professional.
The idea of being thoughtful about one's practice and constantly striving to improve it is far more important than necessarily sticking to one particular style or trying to adopt a type of pedagogy that is the current rage or style.
The other side of pedagogy that is important, particularly as it relates to professionalism, is the idea that a teacher plays a certain role and as such a professional must act a certain way. A teacher is not a child's friend, not that they cannot be trusted or someone that the student can come to, but a teacher that strives to be friends with all their students can also create all kinds of problems given their other responsibilities that include evaluating student progress, handing out grades, handling discipline issues, etc.
Well, let's look at the alternative. A teaching pedagogy that does not include the idea of professionalism has a tendency not to work. The idea of professional distance between teacher and student is there for a reason. The idea of professional presentation of yourself to the public (who finances you) is there for a reason. We do whatever it takes for students to be able to learn from us, and professionalism is a key part of that.
We have to remember that being a professional includes more than just putting on the right face and maintaining a professional distance from your students. Professionalism includes always coming to class prepared and ready to teach a good solid lesson. This is important because it gives students the best chance to learn and it models responsibility for them.
I don't necessarily think that there is ONE pedogogy for all children or instructional situations, but I do think that each teacher should be grounded in pedogogy -- in other words he or she can artiuclate why he is teaching the material he is teaching and can explain how and why he is teaching the way he is. All too often, especially with younger teachers, they just do what sounds interesting either in regards to material or lessons, but they don't really have any idea why they are doing it (beyong "it sounds cool" and "I think the kids will like it").
I agree with #5. There are many different approaches to pedagogy, and part of teacher training should be to ensure that teachers are familiar with a wide range of approaches. However, a teacher that only uses or relies on one approach to pedagogy will not have the flexibility that they will need to reach all learners and be successful in his or her career. Professionalism is constantly seeing the need to reflect upon our actions and approaches and to modify them as a result.
I, too, agree with both #5 and #6. Teachers need to be familiar with different approaches to pedagogy. Without this knowledge it can make it difficult for them (teachers) to modify and alter things which happen in their classroom, regarding student leaning, and in the school as a whole. Professionalism is of the utmost importance. For example, if a teacher was to come to class always unprepared, students would not see any modeling regarding doing their own work. Just because teachers work with students does not mean that they can lower their professionalism.
Even the most indolent and disinterested of students expects his/her teacher to be professional, competent, and exemplary. At the same time, this teacher must be able to communicate and reach students. Perhaps, one of the best ways to reach students is to demonstrate a genuine desire that they learn; this sentiment can easily be conveyed without any compromise to one's responsibilities and professionalism of conduct.
Professionalism is unfortunately, one important factor that is missing among many educators. Perhaps it could be the media's obsession with "teachers behaving badly," but there are way too many stories about teachers breaking the law. Schools of education should require better knowledge of pedagogy; however, it must be realized that there are many effective ways to teach a single concept.
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