It seems that most successful teachers have a few things in common. There are a many qualities that make a teacher the kind of person who inspires students to work harder. It all comes down to approach and attitude.The following are several keys to becoming a successful teacher.
1. Sense of HumorA teacher with a sense of humor will definitely be a better teacher. A sense of humor can diffuse situations in the classroom when nothing else can. When someone has humor, it makes people (students) around you more comfortable, enjoy spending time with you and most likely willing to pay attention and work harder for you.
2. A Positive AttitudeA positive attitude is always a good asset for anyone. As a teacher, you will encounter many types of unexpected situations. A positive attitude can help you get through difficult or challenging situations.
3. High ExpectationsAny teacher worth their salt should have high expectations. One should try to raise the bar for their students. If you don’t expect much, you won’t get much. Your students need to know that you expect only the very best efforts from them, and they will have the confidence to achieve whatever they set their mind to do. The expectations you present are a key factor in teaching your students to succeed.
4. Be ConsistentIn order to help your students succeed; your students have to know what to expect. Being consistent creates a safe learning area for the students and they succeed more often. No one likes change; it causes doubt, confusion and uncertainty in the students. When you consistently expect your student to achieve and do their best, they will, even if you are strict.
5. FairnessMany times people get confused between consistency and fairness. Being consistent is sticking to a routine. Being fair is treating everyone equally in similar situations. If teachers treat one group differently than others, people complain of unfairness. It would not be fair to treat the sports team differently than the other students. Students see this and are quick to point out unfairness in any situation. Try not to get your self in such a situation.
6. FlexibilityWhen being a teacher, it is important that one be flexible. You need to realize that everything is in a state of change. Interruptions and disruptions are fairly common every few days. Therefore, the important thing is that you try to maintain a flexible attitude and don’t “sweat the small stuff. ” It is also important that the students feel secure, knowing that you will be in charge and or take control of problem situations.
If you can follow these guidelines, you will be OK and may find that the prospect of teaching is a bit overwhelming. Although there are many trial and error scenarios throughout your teaching career, you will find that these simple keys will put you on the road to becoming a successful teacher.