A few of the skills you'll need—or want to develop—as a teacher.
Being an effective teacher means more than knowing your subject matter and being comfortable in a classroom. You’ll need a set of skills that will help make you a successful educator who can meet the challenges and joys of today’s schools.
1. Empathy and compassion
By trying to understand each student as unique, you’ll not only build positive relationships, you’ll make students feel valued and accepted. When students are confident of their place, they're more receptive to learning. And being attentive to those learning English, students who bully or are being bullied, and those who may exhibit problem behaviors can go a long way to increasing their learning capacity.
2. The ability to let students experiment, while keeping them focused
Learning can be messy. Aim to keep students engaged, thinking, and motivated, using your own enthusiasm as inspiration. Challenge them with the excitement of discovery, and empower them to try until they succeed. At the same time, develop routines that help focus on tasks at hand, make transitions easier, and allow students to share ideas respectfully.
3. A belief in the power of the arts (and play) for learning
The arts have been shown to be a valuable avenue to student learning and improvement. Don’t be afraid to use music, drama, poetry, and visual arts in lessons and problem-solving. Give students space and time for creativity, to try new things—and make learning joyful. If you’re working with young children, give them time to play.