The Professional Educator And The School

 
Module 4
 Question 1 of 12

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Ken, an eighth grader in Mr. Markham’s class, has become an academically weaker student during spring semester. Today Ken explained nervously to Mr. Markham that some bruises visible on his neck and arms resulted from incidents during recent lacrosse games. Mr. Markham suspects parental abuse. To follow ethical best practices as a professional educator, Mr. Markham should

 
ask Ken more questions and look for other injuries rather than filing a report

 
report his concerns to school administrators immediately

 

 
ask the lacrosse coach about the injuries and remind the coach that such injuries should be reported

 
 Question 2 of 12
Dr. Davis, a high school principal, is experiencing stress at work and in his personal life. He decides to take an extended fishing trip to relieve the stress, and he classifies the time he takes off as medical leave. Does Dr. Davis’s action put at risk the ethical principles for professional educators?

 
Yes, because it was inappropriate for Dr. Davis to decide for himself what constitutes medical leave.

 
No, because stress is a legitimate medical concern that could impair Dr. Davis’s ability to do his job.

 

 
No, as long as Dr. Davis carefully reviewed his own symptoms and determined that he fit the criteria for having a psychological condition.

 
 Question 3 of 12
As she is walking to her car at the end of the day, Ms. Avia notices one of her best-performing students smoking marijuana in a car in the school parking lot, but she decides not to report it. Did Ms. Avia act in a manner consistent with the behavior of a professional educator?

 
Yes. Since there were no other adult witnesses of the student’s behavior, reporting would have had no effect.

 
No. Since Ms. Avia has knowledge of an illegal act and a potentially impaired driver on school grounds, she has a duty to report the incident without delay.

 

 
Yes. Since the incident took place outside of school hours, Ms. Avia had no duty to report.

 
 Question 4 of 12
While traveling on a bus with a group of students, a teacher, Ms. Carlisle, recognizes what she believes is a mechanical problem with the bus. She alerts the driver and insists that he stop and investigate the problem. Ms. Carlisle’s action is an example of which of the following best practices for professional educators?

 
Ensuring student safety

 
Being a steward of the law

 

 
Maintaining objectivity

 
 Question 5 of 12
Which of the following serves as the clearest example of appropriately maintaining transparency as a professional educator?

 
Explaining to the class that one of the students has had to move to a different school because of the student’s emotional problems

 
Reporting to district authorities suspicions that the head of the PTA and the school principal are engaging in a sexual relationship

 

 
Seeking the approval of the principal and administration before volunteering to meet with students on Saturdays to provide extra help

 
 Question 6 of 12
A teacher, Dr. Russell, reaches out to colleagues for advice because she suspects that one of her students may be engaged in underage sexual activity. The behavior described is most clearly an example of

 
avoiding a conflict of interest

 
ensuring student safety and welfare

 

 
discouraging inappropriate relationships with students

 
 Question 7 of 12
Mr. Rupp is one of the chaperones for a high school class trip. The school buses are not able to accommodate everyone on the trip, so Mr. Rupp is driving his own car. One of Mr. Rupp’s colleagues suggests that a student, Emily, who has had behavioral issues in the past, ride alone with Mr. Rupp so that she will not be disruptive on the bus. Which of the following principles would Mr. Rupp most clearly put at risk if he were to drive the student?

 
Be proactive about ethical concerns that affect students.

 
Interact with students only in appropriate settings.

 

 
Take appropriate and reasonable steps to maintain student confidentiality.

 
 Question 8 of 12
Which of the following situations should most clearly raise an ethical concern for a professional educator?

 
A teacher notices that two colleagues spend a great deal of their free time after school together.

 
A teacher learns that another teacher owns a car wash and is advertising the car wash to students who have cars.

 

 
A teacher notices that food left over after a school dance is being thrown away.

 
 Question 9 of 12
Mr. Robinson is the teacher in charge of teacher chaperones at a high school prom. He notices that Mr. Jones, one of the other chaperones, appears to be under the influence of alcohol. Which of the following should Mr. Robinson do?

 
Tell Mr. Jones to take a taxi home, and tell a school administrator about his condition as soon as possible.

 
Tell other chaperones to make sure Mr. Jones does not do anything inappropriate, and ask them not to say anything about the situation to anyone else.

 

 
Assign Mr. Jones to a location where he will not have much interaction with students.

 
 Question 10 of 12
It is the last day of school before summer vacation, and all students have been dismissed. Before leaving, Mr. Quine presents bottles of wine as gifts to several fellow teachers. Mr. Quine’s actions most clearly put at risk which of the following principles?

 
An educator’s professional responsibilities extend beyond the school building.

 
Teachers should collaborate with colleagues in order to advance students’ best interests without regard to personal reward or remuneration.

 

 
Educators should exhibit personal and professional conduct that is in the best interest of the organization, learning community, school community, and profession.

 
 Question 11 of 12
While chaperoning the senior field trip, Ms. Dillard catches students drinking alcohol. What should Ms. Dillard do next?

 
Confiscate the alcohol and report the incident to the school administration.

 
Report the incident to the students’ parents the next time she sees them, and advise them to discuss alcohol use and abuse with their children.

 

 
Pretend she did not see the students drinking and walk away, since it would be a shame to spoil the students’ records right before graduation.

 
 Question 12 of 12
In which of the following scenarios are the principles of professional ethics for educators most clearly put at risk?

 
Mr. Calloway asks to leave for the day because of a headache, but he actually wants to leave early in order to have time to drive to another city for a concert.

 
Mr. Sharp informs his principal that he updated his résumé in the school’s official records, but Mr. Sharp inadvertently uploaded the wrong file.

 

 
Ms. Kelly does not report to administrators that two of her students disrupted her class briefly by bursting into song.

Dr. Davis, a high school principal, is experiencing stress at work and in his personal life. He decides to take an extended fishing trip to relieve the stress, and he classifies the time he takes off as medical leave.Does Dr. Davis’s action put at risk the ethical principles for professional educators?
 
Yes, because it was inappropriate   for Dr. Davis to decide for himself what constitutes medical leave.
No, because stress is a legitimate   medical concern that could impair Dr. Davis’s ability to do his job.
No, as long as Dr. Davis carefully   reviewed his own symptoms and determined that he fit the criteria for having   a psychological condition.
 
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