Code of conduct
Codes of conduct help guide our actions and support our decision-making. When rules are clearly stated, it is easier to recognize proper actions (ethical conduct) from improper actions (unethical conduct).
Ethical conduct means...
- Doing the most good and the least harm
- Respecting the rights and beliefs of others
- Treating people fairly and equally
- Obeying laws, rules, regulations, codes of conduct, etc.
- Acting in good character
Codes of conduct help us identify the possible consequences of our decisions. They also can provide guidance about whom to contact when you are unsure if an action you would like to take is ethical or unethical. Lastly, codes of conduct help groups and communities function more smoothly and comfortably.
What would you do?
Practice unethical conduct
- Push to the front of the line
- Speak out of turn
- Keep lost property
Practice ethical conduct
- Wait your turn
- Listen politely
- Return lost property
Think about it:
If you had to write a code of conduct for your classroom, what rules or codes would you include?