Teaching Profession

Teaching is not only a vocation – it is a profession. This means that teachers must profess and adhere to standards of professional behaviour. Yes, teachers learn the theory of teaching at university but, it is only through practice and experience that they can truly become effective teachers. ‘Experience’ has been defined as learning from one’s mistakes. Those who learn best from their mistakes develop wisdom. There is much more to teaching than standing up in front of a class and talking. Students have many needs which the effective teacher will recognise and respond to with effective planning, agile adaptation to different circumstances, developing and maintaining an environment conducive to learning and, importantly, establishing proper professional practices. This often requires a teacher to exercise professional judgement and the wise teacher will always seek advice where necessary.

Teacher Resource Links


Elaborating a model of teacher professional growth

Teacher professional development in Teaching and Teacher Education over ten years

TPCK framework: assessing teachers’ knowledge and designing courses for their professional development


“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.