Internship Week 4: E3 – Exemplify an Understanding of Professional Responsibilities and Policies

E3  – Exemplify an understanding of professional responsibilities and policies. This program standard emphasizes the importance of being aware of school policies in order to ensure the safety of the entire school community. Teachers need to demonstrate knowledge of professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities and policies. The evidence presented is a school document pertaining to the subjects of harassment, intimidation, and bullying. This past week our school hosted Taproot Theater’s production “Wild Wes” which placed an emphasis on bullying. I know and understand as a teacher that I must maintain a safe environment for every student. Due to this, I wanted to familiarize myself with the school and district policies for bullying.

District Policy

This evidence shows Stevenson Elementary and Bellevue School District’s policy for harassment, intimidation, and bullying. The policy indicates that harassment, intimidation, and bullying will not be tolerated at all. Harassment, intimidation, and bullying incorporates any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, gender, or other distinguishing characteristics. It is especially important to become aware of district and school policies. This knowledge of policies will ensure that I will be vigilant of students who are doing or receiving the harassment, intimidation, and bullying. As I continue my educational journey, I will continue to learn and understand school and district policies. This is important for creating a safe environment and making sure that students are abiding to school rules and regulations. As a result, I will be able to act accordingly based upon my new knowledge of harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Knowing that there is a no tolerance policy gave me a better perspective on how these behaviors need to be enforced.  These behaviors must be resolved quickly and enacting students must not have the sense that they can get away with this type of behavior. District policies for schools can provide useful information especially for newer teachers. Harassment, intimidation, and bullying are constantly changing as society changes. Being knowledgeable of how students are harassing is valuable. Ten years ago, students did not bully through emails or text messages. As teachers, we must maintain with the changes in society in order to provide a safe community learning environment.  In the future, I will continue educate myself with school procedures and district policies. I will continue seek support from my school as it is my responsibility to create and maintain a safe, civil, respectful, and inclusive environment for staff and student alike. This can be achieved by recognizing harassment, intimidation, and bullying behaviors. From here, I will be able to intervene and report to building administrators for severe cases.

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