Whenever a school is looking to hire a teacher, there are basic qualities they are looking for such as:
· A college degree or pre-requisite teachers’ training certification
· Experience working with children, and
If you don’t have these qualities, you can’t be an effective teacher. Along with knowledge of your subject matter, teachers need the certain professional development skills tobe an effective teacher.
Technology affects our lives in many ways, both the way teachers teach, and the way students learn. Below are modern skills teachers should possess:
1. Character Education: honesty (honesty is the best policy), self-discipline, responsibility (the price of greatness is responsibility), customer-centric consciousness, empathy for contributing to the safety of others, personal health and intellectual well-being.
2. Citizenship: Global Knowledge (real 21st century teachers are global citizens), unbiased cum active involvement in addressing school issues, career and life skills among the pupils/ students.
3. Communication: capacity to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a variety of digital tools and/ or ICT literacy. We are in ICT age; you should be blamed by all standards of evaluation and thinking thought if you are not ICT literate.
Also, being able to communicate with the school management, parents (when and where necessary), and your students.
Your communication strategies must be clear, thorough and concise so as to drive your point’s home quickly. Your communication/ relationship with the student parents shouldn’t be parasitic.
4. Problem Solving & Critical Thinking: Capacity to solve problems, design and manage projects with professional finesse and become a veritable goldmine of resource material for learners. You can’t be a mentor, if you are not a problem-solver (solution economist).
Students are problem finders, while teachers are problem solvers. The more you solve a particular problem, the clearer it becomes and the more impact you make on the students.
5. Collaboration: Great teachers work in teams; learn from each other, network with school management in enhancing proficiency and effective delivery to the recipients (pupils/ students). Great teachers are slow to anger, and proficient in social networking skills. When students notice that you are working or networking with your colleagues, it helps them to blend well with you.
6. Creativity & Imagination: Great teachers always come up with novel ideas; they are not redundant, archaic or outdated. Your imaginative intelligence is one of the most effective tools you can use today. Be overtly creative, and think of effective ways to always engage the students, morally, and intellectually. Make your teaching fun and interactive.
7. Continuous Learning: Teaching is a lifelong process. As a teacher, there are new things to learn every day. The world is changing continually both the educational technology and curriculum, every second. So, it’s up to you to keep up with it. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest says a sage (Will Durant).
If you cultivate the habit of going the extra mile to learn, there is no limit to what you can achieve in the teaching profession. Your students will be proud of you years after.
8. Adaptability: In this digital age, teachers need to be flexible, so as to adapt to whatever that comes their way. New technologies and teaching methods are developed everyday to enhance the way students learn, as well as the way the teachers teach. Adaptability is a skill every teacher must have.
9. Confidence: Confidence is a great leadership quality; you need to develop strong confidence not only in yourself, but among your students and colleagues. When you are confident about your beliefs, you can influence others to be better.
10. Leadership: An effective teacher is a mentor. He/ she is well-organized, and always prepared for unforeseen circumstances. An effective teacher guides students in the right path. Leaders are interested in leading by examples, not in taking titles or showmanship. A great teacher encourages the students and leads to a place of success. If you are a leader, you will lead high performance or higher achieving students.
As you move in the teaching profession, keep the following tips in mind. You need to be deeply committed to the calling, have an amazing online reputation (talk interesting things about your school), be innovative, engaging and develop the capacity to network with others. Serve as a PR agent for your school. I wish you the best.