It’s all very well to want to teach young kids, but you must consider the simple fact that parents will be trusting you with the responsibility of their kids for close to eight hours in a day. Do you have what it takes to live up to their expectations? No, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to scare you; I’m just trying to say that not everyone is meant for teaching jobs, it requires special skills. So what do you need to become a teacher?
- Patience is a virtue and one which every teacher needs an abundant supply of. Yes, that’s right, if you want to be a teacher, you must learn to be patient! If you don’t, then you will feel like tearing your hair out when you have to explain the same concept over and over again to your pupils! Or worse, if you have been offered physical education jobs, then you’re going to want to give detention every day to the students who don’t share the same enthusiasm as you do for the great outdoors!
- Flexibility – You should always have an open mind. Having preconceived notions will put you right in there with the old school of teachers who don’t get along with their students. Be flexible and open to ideas from your students. Be available and approachable.
- Creativity – Do you have creative ideas about teaching? Well, put them into execution! A good teacher is someone who knows how to make his students understand things without the help of textbooks! If you can teach your kids about plants through nature walks then by all means, do it!
- Communication: Communication is very, very important in the field of teaching. If you can’t communicate properly with your students, you will not be able to explain things to them, which is an integral part of teaching! You also have to have great body language. You need your students to respect you and the best way to reach out to them is by communicating with them and communicating right!
- Integration – You can’t compartmentalize life, so how can you compartmentalize learning? Try and integrate across disciplines! Take the more holistic approach to teaching, it will definitely pay off. If you can find a way to connect math with music, physics with fashion, then you know that you have what it takes to be a first class teacher.
If you don’t have these qualities, then not to worry, you can always try for education administration jobs, those jobs are quite rewarding as well. But, on the other hand, if you do, start looking up teaching jobs today!Education Jobs - How to Know if You Should be a Teacher by Harrison Barnes