By Teachers, For Teachers
There are a number of teaching skills that all educators should have. While some teaching skills may vary from teacher to teacher, there are still a few personal skills that are important for all teachers to possess. In addition to being knowledgeable in your area of expertise and having the ability to plan and execute lesson plans, successful teachers also need to possess a few “Extra” personal skills. These specialized teaching skills will not only help you be an effective teacher, but a successful one as well. If you don’t already have the following essential skills, then there is still time to foster them.
One of the most important qualities a teacher can have is patience. Without patience, you are going to have a really hard time being an effective teacher. Children tend to like to test their teachers’ patience, so if you tend to lose your patience easily, and get angry quickly, then being an educator is not a job for you. Patience is a quality that will help you be successful in the classroom. If this is something that you need to work on, then try a few mindfulness techniques. When you feel your blood is about to boil, then take a moment to step back and take a few deep breaths. The more you do this, the easier it will be for you to settle yourself down in those difficult moments.
Successful teachers are creative in many ways. They have the ability to think outside of the box, use the resources that they have to create amazing lessons and activities, and come up with creative ways to handle discipline in the classroom. While some people may feel that creativity is something that you are born with, others say that if you just take the time to think and use your imagination, you too can tap into your own creative side.
Having the skill set to be able to communicate and collaborate with others is an extremely important personal skill to have as an educator. Whether you are communicating with students, parents or colleagues, teachers need this skill in order to be successful at their job. Teachers need the ability to communicate important information, as well as understand different perspectives. In addition to that, educators also need to have the ability to collaborate with their coworkers. Teachers often work together as a team in order to better provide students with a high-quality education. The ability to work in tandem with others will only help your career in the education system.
Another personal skill all teachers should foster is an engaging and likeable personality. Even if you may be an introvert (which many teachers usually are NOT), you can still cultivate a likeable personality in the classroom. This doesn’t mean that you have to be a comedian and make your students laugh every chance that you get, it only means that a teacher who has the ability to engage their students and have a relationship with them will only make the class more interesting and fun to be in.
In order to discipline your students, you need to have self-discipline. Having self-discipline means that you have the willpower and the control to not be affected when your students are misbehaving. You are firm and fair with your discipline techniques, and have the ability to not let your students walk all over you. This is an essential personal trait that teachers need to have in order to be successful in their classroom.
These are just five of the essential, personal skills teachers should possess. Other traits, like being able to adapt, having self-awareness, and having a great love for your job, are also on the top of the list of skills teachers should foster. If you find that you don’t have these skills, then it’s not too late to cultivate them now. All you have to do is be mindful of what skills you need to retain and practice implementing them each and every day.
What teaching skills do you possess? What personal skills do you think all teachers should possess? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below, we would love to hear what you have to say on this topic.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds master's of science in education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Skyword. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.