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What does / should professionalism mean to a teacher? What does / should professionalism mean to a teacher?

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I think that a teacher needs to have the best interests of the students in mind, but also not get too involved. The idea of emotional distance is terribly hard for teachers. How can you not be involved? Yet as a professonal you have to find a way to step back in order to reallly help your students.

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Another aspect of professionalism might involve refraining from using the classroom as a place in which to "push" one's own personal agendas, especially one's political agendas. Students form in some ways a captive audience, and it is unfair to them to misuse one's authority to belittle and denigrate their political opinions unless one is fully prepared and willing to allow them to make their own arguments without making them feel intimidated.  A truly professional teacher should be willing to tolerate and indeed even encourage disagreement with his/her own beliefs.

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Another way of phrasing #7's comments would be to say that part of professionalism for a teacher is demonstrating what it...

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