Many people go into the teaching profession and find it highly rewarding. It’s also one of the most challenging sectors to work in though, so you need to be sure before committing yourself to a teacher training programme. What’s more, the qualification can cost you a lot of money. Here are some of the most important qualities that every teacher should have:
- Passion. Above all, you need to really want to teach in order to be good at it. This isn’t the kind of career you can do halfheartedly. You need to be fully engaged with your pupils and what you are teaching them. They will feel your energy and take their lead from you.
- Dedication. Teaching involves long, hard hours. There will be marking lesson planning, meetings, admin, open days, parents’ evenings etc. You will need to work most evenings and some weekend to get through it all. Be prepared to work hard and you will succeed in your teaching career.
- Organisation. Keeping on top of your work can be difficult. You will need to be highly organised and make strict schedules for yourself. Stick to them to make sure that your work all gets completed on time and your pupils get the feedback on their work that they need.
- A love for your subject. The way you teach should evoke a sense of excitement in your students. If you are capable of captivating an audience, you will be a wonderful teacher.
- Compassion. You want your students to like you as a person as well. They are more likely to succeed if they can relate to you as a person and are willing to tell you if they’re having difficulties. Be understanding and make sure they know you are approachable.
If you can tick all of these off you list, you are already well on the way to becoming an excellent teacher. If you haven’t already started training, begin looking at PGCEs and other programmes to find the one that is right for you.