We hear all the time, be accountable towards your learners, ‘go the extra mile’, ‘bend over backwards’ for them, ‘go above and beyond’. Accountability towards learners may sometimes seem like going the extra mile, but it is not. It is not something that the learners get as a privilege, our accountability is what our learners need and deserve.
Every learner in our classroom, no matter what they score, no matter how they behave, no matter what they do, deserves accountability from us.
It’s only logical that we understand what accountability is and how we can show it to our learners. Let’s get some answers.
What is accountability towards learners, you ask,
It’s our acceptance of responsibility and certainly not a task.
We must be careful when it comes to our student,
Our conduct must be respectful, we must always be prudent.
Dignity and respect are a student’s right as well,
They need the fuel of affection in order to propel.
They mustn’t fight for justice and against partial treatment,
Bias, injustice, unfairness hamper their achievement.
Understand that they are different in more ways than one,
Abilities, attitudes, perceptions, and the things they have done.
Encourage every learner, try to meet individual needs,
Watch them show their confidence as their insecurity recedes.
Develop open thought, and scientific attitude,
Also teach them values, like peace and gratitude.
Our responsibility, you see, doesn’t end at academics,
We must equip our learners with morals, values, ethics.
If you want to dive deeper into this area of teaching and learning, please feel free to check out our course on Ethics and Values.
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Think about everything you need to be, do and know as a teacher. If you are committed to being, doing and knowing the things that you should, you are an accountable teacher.
According to any ethical code for the teaching profession ever made, teachers are obligated to conduct themselves based on the ideals of their profession.