Rosie, Online English Teacher at Acadsoc.
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Teachers need a host of qualities to be average – but they need way more if they want to stand-out and be considered the best. We take a look at the thirty qualities that make a great teacher.
A teacher must have a clear objective of what they want to achieve with every class.
Being a passionate teacher resonates with students and builds up the attraction to studies.
Teachers need to understand what they are doing this for and believe in that purpose wholeheartedly.
A teacher needs to be able to give immediate feedback and constructive feedback that builds the student.
Being kind goes a long way and we need more of it in the world.
Being able to continue working even when it is difficult, makes you a great teacher.
Believe in your capabilities as a teacher and the capabilities of your students to maximize potential.
An organized teacher is a driven teacher. Know what to do, when to do it and how to do it.
Learn from your students, what they respond to, that will make you a better teacher.
Being able to vocalize any issues that the students may have, helps them work on those issues and encourages them to improve.
A Good Listener
A teacher needs to be a good listener, not only to pick up on mistakes but to understand the students.
Prepare for your classes to give the best lesson possible.
Be driven by the children’s goals to pass and not your own personal goals.
Be on time at all times. This creates a culture of organization and respect.
Make the classroom a fun place to learn and the students will respond positively.
Respect students’ cultures, beliefs and the right to know and explore.
Being able to count goes a long way in making sure that a student’s marks are accurate.
Being able to use the correct punctuation is a great skill to have, it builds the foundation for writing proper sentences.
Being able to read means that a teacher can tell stories in a way that the students can understand and appreciate.
Being able to be heard and understood is one of the most important aspects of being a good teacher.
Having a teacher who is humorous is good because it induces learning because the students feel good.
Always try something new, if it doesn’t work, that’s okay – if it does, then hooray!
Being able to answer questions on various topics means that you are a versatile teacher and students feel more comfortable communicating with you.
Once you set a standard, do everything in your power to maintain it. Being consistent relays the idea of what is expected of a student.
Being a support system is one great aspect of a teacher, if the students can count on you, that goes a long way in building trust.
Adapt to Change
Teachers need to understand that what worked then, does not work now. Adapting to change means that a teacher can match their previous knowledge of what is needed today from a teacher making them more effective.
Computer skills are so important. The world is going digital, and so is teaching.
Being disciplined and being able to maintain discipline as a teacher creates a culture of respect for time and for each other.
It is important to not only reward those that are correct, but also those who continue to make an effort.
The most important skill to have is love. Always love what you do.