Top 10 Qualities a School Teacher must have

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A school is said to be a child’s second home and teachers are touted to be second mothers. The profession of teaching is a very noble one and is much beyond the act of writing on a blackboard and screaming at kids. It is only a teacher who has the ability to drive up a student to exploit his full potential. Whether it is encouraging students to pursue extracurricular activities or counseling them, a good teacher must know it all. Teaching is a blessed profession because it is the teacher who plays a crucial role in shaping up the students’ future and works tirelessly to ensure that they come out with flying colors. Following is a list showing 10 qualities a School Teacher must have.

10. Good communication skills

Good communication skills

The profession of teaching establishes never ending links of communication. It is extremely important for a teacher to put across his/her point in a clear and sorted manner. A good teacher must make sure that the subject and its explanation must come down to the children’s level of understanding, it is her prime duty to  make sure that it’s easy for the students to grasp the concepts. She must keep her vocabulary in check because kids usually learn from what they see and hear.

Apart from this, a teacher must have the ability to converse with parents/guardians, this will help the students in the long run to improve on their short comings and perform better in class.

9. Patience

Patience

Get a short tempered person to become a teacher and expect all hell to break loose in the classroom. A teacher needs to have an astronomical level of patience to maintain a healthy classroom atmosphere. Having a mature outlook is going to help in being patient with kids. By being patient a teacher not only does a favor to the kids but also to himself, he’ll be saving on a lot of time and energy by doing so.

8. Must command respect and not demand it

Must command respect and not demand it

A true teacher is the one who, through her conduct commands the respect of her students and her colleagues. Just by being a stickler of discipline and instilling a sense of fear among students might get them to respect her by force, but that wouldn’t be the right thing to do. For the students to like her or respect her, the teacher must conduct herself in a good manner in whatever activity she undertakes. Whether it is the way she talks or the way she makes the subject interesting, a teacher can become role model for the students which will help them to improve in the subject and also help them to become better human beings.

7. Friendly & understanding

Friendly & understanding

A teacher must be approachable, not a person who students would dread to interact with.  A teacher must be friendly with her students. This does not mean the students take her for granted, but a teacher must have the ability to help out a student with subject related problems or counsel him regarding any problem that he might be facing. It is extremely essential for a teacher to be well versed with student psychology. She must have a complete understanding of how kids think and how they’d react to a certain things.

6. Gentle yet firm

Gentle yet firm

In addition to the previous quality, a teacher must know where to draw the line. A teacher must be gentle when it comes to dealing with kids. She/he must exercise control over her/his mood swings and have a steady temperament. Children must be treated as gently as possible. If harsh or cruel treatment is meted out on them, it’ll result in lack of confidence and inferiority complex in the long run. Being gentle simply does not mean that the teacher has no right to correct the student. It is extremely important for a teacher to know how much is too much. A teacher must be gentle, yet be firm in her teachings.

5. Promotes & respects creativity

Promotes & respects creativity

Children are always brimming with creativity. There is a constant bustle of thoughts when they are young.  It is boon to the students when they have a teacher who respects their creativity and lends an ear to their ideas. It would be really ruthless on the teacher’s part to enforce her thoughts and ideas on the children by endorsing rote learning and leaving no room for innovation. A true teacher is the one who encourages children to come up with stuff on their own and gives them the freedom to be creative, and also praising them in front of their peers which would sky rocket their confidence.

4. Motivator

Motivator

Sometimes, all you need is a little motivation when you are low. Very often children lose confidence when they score less marks or if some other student is doing better than them. It is the duty of the teacher to encourage children and push them forward in grabbing opportunities. A little motivation makes wonders to a child’s personality. It not just gives better results, but also helps in making these kids to grow up to become confident adults.

3. Ability to make the subject interesting

Ability to make the subject interesting

The art of teaching involves a lot of hard work from the teacher. This also puts the teacher in a tricky spot where she has to make sure that the students get the concept right and it must also appeal to them. Teaching in the old-school way is just not going to help in anyway. A teacher must have the ability to relate to the students and quote examples which they’d instantly connect to. For primary kids, the teachers always have the option of adopting the play-way method, for the higher classes the teachers can use activity based classes, group discussions, field trips and also take the help of workshops.

2. Judgment

Judgment

The skill of making the right decisions is extremely important. The teacher has to keep each and every student’s personality in mind and then adopt the level of teaching. A considerable amount of thinking is needed to decide when it comes to distributing work e.g. while appointing monitors, the teacher has to keep the strengths and weaknesses of the student in mind before allotting duties. Another duty is to carefully construct the year planner and allocate the subjects based on the level of difficulty. The decisions, whether right or wrong will not only have an impact on the teacher alone, but also on the students as well.

1. Subject knowledge

Subject knowledge

In order to teach a particular subject, one must have a thorough knowledge of it. A teacher must gain complete mastery over the subject in order to teach the same to others. Apart from knowing the subject inside out, a teacher must be aware of subject related topics too. It is essential for a teacher to be knowledgeable because that will help quite a bit in answering the students’ queries. Above all, a teacher must have a passion for the subject. Because, it’s only when you have a passion for something will you start liking it and only when you like it will you have the complete understanding and knowledge of it.

Although, once she/he may become a teacher, but that must not put a stop to her/his quest for knowledge.

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