In a thinking and learning environment, a motivating and effective teacher is the most important element influencing student achievement. Teachers are important to develop a school culture of equity, excellence, and relevance.
To make this happen, teachers are:
• Understanding and supportive of our Vision, Mission, and Philosophy, by adapting and implementing the pedagogic practices that they contain and we value.
• Respectful and appreciative of individual and cultural differences, in words and action.
• Responsible for reading all communication and documents from the School, including the "Tell Me on Tuesday" weekly newsletter, web site, emails, and policies and procedures handbooks or booklets, in order to be aware of, and comply with, all responsibilities.
• Responsible for establishing effective communication with the appropriate School authorities when a concern arises and for expressing the problem through a courteous and thoughtful process. Eton teachers avoid making hurtful and/or destructive comments inside or outside of the School environment.
• Responsible for treating students, parents, colleagues, principals, support staff, and any other member of our school community with courtesy and respect, always modeling self-discipline.
• Aware and perceptive of the possible conflicts that might arise among students, and take advantage of them as learning opportunities.
• Respectful of instructional time.
• Aware of their responsibilities to intervene in the protection of the emotional and physical safety of students.
• Willing to share their expertise with their colleagues.
• Participative in School events and activities.
• Committed to working with parents, School authorities, and student support services, as part of a social and emotional development team, in favor of students' well-being.
• Supportive, in partnership with parents, in guiding students to become responsible for School material and facilities, as well as of their personal belongings.
• Knowledgeable that positive disposition toward thinking and learning attitudes support student abilities. Teachers need to provide a classroom culture which is an emotionally safe environment, through establishing connections between themselves and their students. This encompasses providing for their needs for affection, acceptance, self-esteem, self-confidence, experiencing success, and self-fulfillment.
• Responsible for planning class activities, considering physical, intellectual, and emotional differences, as well as cultural diversity.
• Responsible for providing meaningful learning experiences which motivate students to pursue their interests, construct knowledge, and develop life-skills, emphasizing research, experimentation, and the shaping of reflexive and critical attitudes.
• Lifelong learners who are willing to improve and perfect their practice on a continuous and permanent basis.
To be a member of the Eton community, teachers must comply with all of the above responsibilities.