6 qualities you need to be an outstanding teacher

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Teaching will always be one of the most important jobs in the world. Teaching any person how to do anything is one of the most wholesome and life affirming experiences we can have on Earth, and doing it for a living is always a respectable and relatively lucrative career decision. Some places are easier to teach at than others, and subjects for teaching differ significantly, so there are situational factors that can change the circumstances of what makes a teacher the right person for the job. Despite this, there are certainly aspects of personality that all great teachers have in common.


Holding the attention of your students, no matter how many you have and what you are teaching them, is critical. Properly engagement of students can be achieved in a variety of ways and it comes down to your teaching style to know what works best. One of the most effective strategies is to ensure that you lesson has an endgame, a tangible learning objective that all of your students can relate to and see that they are working towards.


Having a good grasp of your subject matter is important, but it means nothing if your students aren’t dedicated to learning it. Simply, education can mean being able to convince your students that what you are teaching is important and bringing out the best of their ability can be difficult, one way to achieve this is to lead by example and work hard yourself.


This is something that must be developed over time, and tentatively so. Some students are very outgoing and friendly and will be easy to build rapport with though it is important to stay appropriate and respectful. Other students will be withdrawn and quiet, but gentle encouragement of their participation will usually see them ‘open up’ somewhat. It is important to be able to recognise the personality of your students in order to know how to build up a rapport.


Like it or not, sometimes students must be disciplined. Young students are prone to misbehaving around their peers in hopes of impressing them or generally causing disorder, and it takes a degree of nerve to be able to accordingly punish perpetrators with the appropriate level of discipline depending on your school (e.g. detention). Low profile intervention is a good method of discreetly drawing any misbehavers back into the lesson.


Expecting a great deal from your students early on can be a good way to push the boundaries of their ability. It is important not to overwork your students because this can cause great deals of stress and make them less likely to follow your positive example, but by carefully raising the bar after each assignment you may be able to get the students to surprise even themselves. 


Meeting your students’ parents may not happen very often, but it can be key to truly understanding the needs of your students. Children and teenagers do better when their parents are involved in their academic lives, and engaging the parents first hand is the best way to propagate this.

If you have these all of these qualities, you are already well on your way to becoming a great teacher, but even if you feel like you don’t there are a huge variety of tailored recruitment companies, like Simply Education, who have the ability to match your skill set to the appropriate position and find a teaching role that is perfect for you.

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