Quiz: ProEthica: Ethical Decision Making for the Professional Educator

Question 1 1.5 pts
A student who was in your class the previous year often stops by your classroom after class, during lunch, and after school to chat with you. Based on what you have learned in this course, which among the following would be the best way for you to respond that is in alignment with the ethical principles for professional educators?
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Chat with the student whenever you have time.

Explain to the student that it may not look right to others to interact in person so often, as you are no longer the student’s teacher.

Ask the student to meet with you outside of school so that you can have more time to discuss issues that are of concern to the student.

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Question 2 1.5 pts
You overhear your principal telling a teacher who has a heavy accent, “You’d better do something about your accent because we have back-to-school night next week and you need to speak with the parents.” Based on what you have learned in this course, which among the following is the best way for you to respond that is in alignment with the ethical principles for professional educators?
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Discuss with your principal whether these remarks were inappropriate.

Do nothing about what you overheard.

Make a joke to the principal later about the teacher’s accent.

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Question 3 1.5 pts
Which of the following relationships with a student is most likely to create a conflict of interest?
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Mr. Johnson, a music teacher, makes an offer to the parents of one of his students to give the student private guitar lessons for a fee.

Ms. Morgan, a math teacher, coaches the softball team that includes a student from her class.

Mr. Fey, an English teacher, supervises a student in a school-sponsored debate club and offers to provide the student with some tips on rhetoric.

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Question 4 1.5 pts
rn that such programs suffer from low graduation rates. Later, in a conversation with other teachers, Mr. Howard says that the superintendent is stupid and does not care about classroom teachers. Which of the following principles for professional educators should Mr. Howard consider in this situation?
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Monitoring and maintaining one’s mental and emotional health in order to perform one’s professional duties effectively

Engaging in respectful discourse regarding issues that have an impact on the profession

Refraining from engaging in retaliatory actions

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Question 5 1.5 pts
Ms. Langley is a high school social science teacher. One of her students, Lamar, submits an essay in which he defends a social policy that Ms. Langley personally disagrees with. Which of the following comments would be most clearly inappropriate for Ms. Langley to make to Lamar when grading his essay?
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“I am surprised you are taking this position, Lamar. From the arguments we discussed in class, it should have been clear that this policy is wrongheaded.”

“It’s funny: I have just recently read a blog post that discusses this very issue! There are some interesting arguments there. I’ll e-mail you the link.”

“In your essay, you mention only one alternative to this policy; a balanced essay should pay more attention to possible counterarguments.”

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Question 6 1.5 pts
One of your students, Majid, did not complete his work for your science class and will receive a D, which would disqualify him from playing football for the school. The principal at your school has come to you to see if there is anything the student can do to bring up his grade so that he can still play football. Based on what you have learned in this course, what is the best way to respond to this situation?
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Replace Majid’s poor grades with passing grades.

Explain that communication and expectations have been clear and that Majid has earned a D.

Offer Majid extra work or another assignment to replace his poor grades.

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Question 7 1.5 pts
Your school is holding an in-service day for which attendance is mandatory. However, you have attended many in-service days in the past and do not feel as though you are going to learn anything new in this next one. Based on what you have learned in this course, what is the best way to respond to this situation?
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Skip the in-service day.

Attend the in-service day anyway and then give the administration at your school feedback about how the in-service days could be improved.

Complain about the in-service day to the administration at your school.

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Question 8 1.5 pts
One of your eighth-grade students, Max, asks you for your personal e-mail address so that he can contact you directly to ask questions about homework. Based on what you have learned in this course, which among the following is the best way for you to respond that is in alignment with the ethical principles for professional educators?
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Ask Max for his e-mail address so that you can use it to send information about class assignments.

Explain to Max that questions about class assignments should be asked in class or through other school-sanctioned means of communication.

Give Max your e-mail address, but tell him to contact you only about class assignments.

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Question 9 1.5 pts
One day during school hours you witness another teacher at your school, Ms. Baily, going to her car repeatedly during class time. Later, you notice that Ms. Baily is slurring her words and having difficulty walking normally. Based on what you have learned in this course, which among the following is the best way for you to respond that is in alignment with the ethical principles for professional educators?
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Do nothing about what you saw.

Report the situation to the administration at your school.

The next time you see Ms. Baily go to her car, follow her without letting her see you so that you can see what she is doing.

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Question 10 1.5 pts
During parent-teacher conferences, a teacher, Mr. McNaulty, places an order form for his son’s baseball team fund-raiser on the desk and encourages parents to browse the catalog and place orders. If his son does not sell enough merchandise, Mr. McNaulty will have to pay a fee to the baseball team. Mr. McNaulty’s action is not appropriate for an educator acting in a professional capacity because it would be unethical for teachers to –
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solicit parents to make purchases that will financially benefit the teacher

publicly support an organization that is not associated with the school

collect personal and confidential information from parents

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