Teachers urged to pursue higher education

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Preschool educators were told that they need to expose themselves to the latest trends and teaching
techniques to keep up with the evolving education systems.
Dr. Patricia Benn, vice principal of the Antigua State College, gave the advice during her keynote address at the Professional Development Day forum during child month.
Dr. Benn said early childhood teachers are supposed to be effective because they are responsible for molding the youngest minds.
“Being professional is more than just wearing a coat and a tie and more than possessing a college degree. For educators, professionalism includes personal appearance and dressing appropriately. It also in-cludes how you talk and act outside of school. In many communities, it includes what you do outside of school and whom you have relationships with,” Dr. Benn said.
The senior educator reminded her colleagues that they not only represent their learning institutions but also the teaching profession.
Dr. Benn said being professional means practicing the ABCs of children interaction.
The vice principal also said it means accepting one’s responsibility for one’s appearance and attitudes. She also advised the teachers to broaden their horizon and to communicate effectively because they are responsible for the nation’s future.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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