I was unaware about how professional and profession were defined; I knew the basis of it being a career you are trained to do, but wasn’t aware of all the ethical and knowledgeable aspects that went along with it.
I was really surprised to learn that BC was the first province to make it’s teachers self regulating with the introduction of the Teacher Profession Act which established the British Columbia College of Teachers
I found it interesting, though not necessarily surprising, that the personal lives of many teachers are heavily influenced by the ethical implications of their day lives of teaching students. When you are contained by a strict way of thinking, acting and being professional, it’s probably not out of place to think that this would spread into your private life. AN interesting implication nonetheless though.
It’s an important topic for me to consider the differences of teaching certificates in other places. I thought it was interesting that the article had a lot of focus on BC, because after I finish my degree, I plan on returning to BC, my home province, and upgrading so I can teach at home. Teaching isn’t really a profession you can just go into back home, rather you have to get 90 credits at TRU prior to entering a BofEd. Hence why I came to UofR.
I really connected with the story of Krista Yerkes, as I imagine many of my classmates did, in the way that we aren’t exactly teachers and might be having trouble figuring out how we become them. It’s weird to go from being lectured at to being given the authority to lecture to, it’s the sort of power that we as still young learners might be uncomfortable with.
How do we define the term teacher? Is it even something we can accurately define and categorize people into, or is it better to leave it open as a diverse, ever changing term that is reflective of each individual who calls themselves such?