Should teachers have an oath? In my opinion, yes. However, I think it would be best if I left the composition of an official oath to others. I can speak only for myself, and so I offer my personal pledge – the pledge of a teacher:
With great pride and satisfaction, I call myself a teacher. I pledge my dedication to my vocation.
With humility, I ask you, my students, to accept me as your teacher.
With respect, I ask you, my colleagues, to support me and I will do the same for you.
I pledge to make full use of my skills and talents in order to offer the best instruction of which I am capable. I promise never to stop learning, for a teacher should always remain a learner, too. When I make a mistake, I promise to correct it and learn from it. I will never ask more of others than I ask of myself.
I will exercise patience and tolerance in my classroom, be it traditional or virtual, and I will foster a supportive environment for all my learners.
I declare my passion for my profession, but if burdens ever become too great and affect my desire or ability to teach, I will step out of the classroom and rest as needed so that I can return to my students and offer the instruction they deserve.
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