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The Dispositions of the Effective Educator

The School of Education has identified eight dispositions with specific indicators that the effective professional educator displays.  The effective professional educator demonstrates a commitment to the following. Click here for a printable copy.

1. Professional ethics

  • Maintaining my position as a positive role model for students and others in regular attendance, grooming, punctuality, and professional demeanor
  • Demonstrating positive work habits and interpersonal skills, including a positive attitude, dependability, honesty, and respect for others
  • Maintaining the standards of confidentiality regarding student information and communications
  • Using sound judgment and thoughtful decision-making with consideration of the consequences


2. Collaboration

  • Collaborating with other professionals to improve the overall learning of students
  • Understanding and involving a wide variety of resources in the school, family, culture, and community to facilitate student learning

3. Diversity

  • Recognizing students’ unique prior knowledge, life experiences, and interests as part of the context for student learning
  • Understanding and involving a wide variety of resources in the school, family, culture, and community to facilitate student learning
  • Providing equitable learning opportunities for all students

4. Self-reflection

  • Life-long learning and personal growth through reflection, seeking constructive feedback, and willingness to learn from others and past experience
  • Using analysis and reflection to assess and plan for student learning

5. Belief in students’ ability to learn

  • Promoting achievement of students at all levels
  • Understanding and involving a wide variety of resources in the school, family, culture, and community to facilitate student learning
  • Developing students’ skills as problem-solvers as they progress toward becoming independent, self-directed learners
  • Effective planning and classroom organization as tools in maximizing the time available for instruction and learning

6. Technology

  • Understanding and involving a wide variety of resources in the school, family, culture, and community to facilitate student learning
  • Using analysis and reflection to assess and plan for student learning

7. The teaching profession

  • Accepting responsibility for what occurs in my classroom and for other school-wide responsibilities that contribute to student learning and a safe, orderly environment
  • Using sound judgment and thoughtful decision-making with consideration of the consequences
  • Life-long learning and personal growth through reflection, seeking constructive feedback, and willingness to learn from others and past experience
  • Participating in professional growth activities within and outside the school

8. Professional growth

  • Participating in professional growth activities within and outside the school
  • Life-long learning and personal growth through reflection, seeking constructive feedback, and willingness to learn from others and past experience
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