Teachers have the incredible task of helping children learn, grow, and develop into confident learners. However, just like their students, they are continuously learning and developing their own professional skills, as well. Below we’ve compiled a list of some of the most important skills for teachers to have, practice, and use as tools in their classrooms.
This is one of the most important skills for anyone working with children or youth to possess. It requires lots of practice, but in order for you to help your students along their own path of discovery and learning, you need to progress at a pace that they are suitable for. This includes having patience with their learning of rules, responsibilities, and appropriate behavior.
Having confidence in yourself, your students, and your coworkers will take you far in your career as a teacher. Some of the most successful teachers are those who are able to take ownership of their lessons and are confidently able to explain the why behind what they do. Having confidence in your students also lets them know you have high expectations for them and builds trust.
This skill is one that will aid you in ALL aspects of your job. Being able to think critically and creatively about problems will allow you to teach your children in fun, engaging ways that are individualized to your students.
Because technology and curriculum are constantly improving and changing, it’s important for teachers to be
able to adapt and change with new developments. Learning to embrace changes and use them to enhance your teaching is a key skill that teachers should develop.
5. Ability to Work Well with Others
Although teachers are leaders within their own classrooms, they also work closely with a team of others teachers, administrators, counselors, and parents. Teachers must be able to be team players and not only do their part, but trust others to do their part as well. Collaboration and cooperation are two important skills teachers should practice as they learn to work well with others.
Being able to communicate effectively with others is a critical skill. Teachers need to be able to clearly set expectations and rules for their students. Teachers also work closely with a team of other educators, so being able to communicate thoughts and feelings in an effective and appropriate way is a great skill to have to ensure smooth sailing.
Some of these skills might come more naturally to you, while others might struggle with them, but either way, ALL of these can be learned and developed through practice! Teachers are always learning and growing, so get out there and practice some of these skills!