What Qualities Should a Good Teacher Have?
As many great educators will tell you, teaching is a rewarding career. It can also be a challenging one. Try out the following self-assessment to see if you share the qualities that successful teachers often possess.
Answer yes or no to the following:
|Are you passionate about learning?||Yes or No|
|Do you enjoy working with children?||Yes or No|
|Are you able to quickly adjust to new or unforeseen challenges?||Yes or No|
|Are you willing to devote time and energy outside of school hours?||Yes or No|
|Are you patient?||Yes or No|
|Do you have strong organizational skills?||Yes or No|
|Do you have good written and verbal communication skills?||Yes or No|
|Do you work well with others?||Yes or No|
|Will you be able to pass any requisite certification test(s) in your desired subject area(s)?||Yes or No|
|Do you have a mature, professional attitude?||Yes or No|
|Are you enthusiastic about helping your students learn and grow?||Yes or No|
Why Should Teachers Have These Qualities?
Are you passionate about learning?
Having a career in teaching means that you never really stop learning, and teachers who demonstrate a passion for learning can get their students excited about learning, too.
Do you enjoy working with children?
As an elementary or secondary school teacher, you'll be spending most of your day with kids. Being able to not only work with them but to also appreciate them as people is essential to doing your job well.
Are you able to quickly adjust to new or unforeseen challenges?
As a teacher, you will need to be able to make adjustments on the fly as you will deal with a lot of changes and unexpected challenges--curriculum changes, new administrators, new students, or a particular approach is not working for most of your students.
Are you willing to devote time and energy outside of school hours?
In order to be prepared for every class, you will likely need to complete some work, such as grading or reviewing curriculum changes, in your own time. As great teachers often do, you may also get involved in leading or supporting your students in their extracurricular activities.
Are you patient?
Oftentimes, your goals as a teacher will be long-term, and some students may require more help and patience than others before you begin to see the results of your hard work.
Do you have strong organizational skills?
You will need great organizational skills to run your classroom and to keep all your work and learning materials in order.
Do you have good written and verbal communication skills?
Teachers need to be able to speak well, write well, and even listen well to be the best they can be at their jobs. You should be able to communicate effectively with your students, co-workers, administrators, and parents.
Do you work well with others?
Building good professional relationships with your co-workers and administrators so that you can collectively work to benefit your students is important to being a great teacher.
Will you be able to pass any requisite certification test(s) in your desired subject area(s)?
You will need to be able to demonstrate your knowledge of your subject area in order to teach it.
Do you have a mature, professional attitude?
A teacher earns respect from students and models adult behavior for them by demonstrating a mature, professional demeanor in the classroom and in all their school interactions with other teachers and administrators.
Are you enthusiastic about helping your students learn and grow?
The growth that your students demonstrate is one of the rewards of being a teacher, and, with the work it requires, you must be passionate about ensuring your students learn.
Is Teaching for You?
If you found yourself enthusiastically responding 'Yes' to most of the above questions, teaching may very well be the right career for you. Take the time to research and explore all the requirements for teaching in your state, and think about the grade level you'd like to teach.