On Thursday November 13th 2014, I came to class at the Continuing Studies Department in Room 5 after having survived a disastrous presentation from Fundamentals of Literacy a day prior.
I felt relieved as I was expecting some positive uplifting activity to end the week on a cheerful note. I wasn’t disappointed.
While in the classroom, Mrs. Howell-Williams told us to bring our Journals with the reflections we’d been keeping for the Next Class. I’d been faithfully keeping in a small notebook, so I was always ready for this day.
In class we explored the question of whether teaching should be considered a (Pearson, 2014) profession or not. We explored both the reason for and against teaching being considered a profession as well as the Code of Ethics (Jamaica Teacher’s Association, 2014), the JTA (Jamaica Teachers Association) and the Regulations that guide Teaching as a Profession.
The activity shed details on Teaching in Jamaica, it appears we have some ways to go before Teaching can be regarded as a true profession.
Based on my notes, I resolved to do my reflection and mo research into Teaching as a Profession. I also realized that if I was to become a true Teacher, I’d have to learn more about becoming a Registered Teacher as well as membership (Jamaica Teacher’s Association, 2014) with the JTA.
 Jamaica Teacher’s Association (2014, November 29). Code of Ethics. General format. Retrieved from http://www.jta.org.jm/content/code-ethics
 Jamaica Teacher’s Association (2014, November 29). Professional Development. General format. Retrieved from http://www.jta.org.jm/content/professional-development
 Pearson, C. (2014, April 13). Teacher Professionalism In Jamaica. The Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20140413/focus/focus8.html