If we want to gain respect as a profession, then we must embrace a 21st century model of constant growth and improvement.
Be a reflective practitioner.
This is probably one of the most important areas, as we as a profession have in many ways not changed in 100 years. Tools in our classrooms have changed, but the pedagogy and practice have not. A 21st-century teacher is able to look at his or her practices and adapt and change based on the needs of learners. Too many teachers are teaching as they did when they started their careers 10, 20 or 30 years ago. What we know about student learning and motivation has changed; so, too, must the art of teaching.
===> Stagnation is the death of any teacher. <===