8 skills modern teachers need to know

As with most professions today, developments in teaching are being driven by social and technological changes. The skills required by the modern teacher have changed over time. So here are 8 skills modern teachers need to know. Some of the skills we’ve outlined below are not new, but their importance has increased significantly.

Commitment: It is essential that as a modern teacher, you are committed to your work and to the education of young people. The responsibility that lies in your hands is huge. As such the modern teacher must always be aware of this and must be truly engaged.

Preparation: The better prepared you are as a teacher, the more effective you’ll be. Teaching at any level requires knowledge, authority and the ability to anticipate and answer questions. Your students will expect to learn things they did not know, and attain the knowledge necessary to continue learning.

Organisation: Good organisation and the planning of your subject in advance are key factors for success. It is very important that as a teacher, you organise each lesson properly, allocating the time to cover it in its entirety. Students can tell a poorly planned class and once they realise the teacher is not organised it will be difficult to get them engaged in your lesson.

Tolerance: In an increasingly diverse and multicultural society, it is necessary for you to manage any prejudices they may have, and to treat all students equally without showing favouritism. It’s also very important not to impose your world view on your students. Instead you should openly discuss topics and let students decide for themselves.

Story Telling: One of the best ways to teach and transfer ideas is through stories. The best teachers have used this method in their classes for centuries. Teaching a lesson by incorporating story-telling techniques is a fantastic teaching skill to develop at anytime. Using it leaves your class wanting to find out what happens next. An engaged class is the best way to increase participation and collaboration.

Open To Questions: Having discussions and collaborating in class are essential for encouraging students and implementing new teaching techniques. Teachers must be open to answering their students questions. Modern teachers listen to their students questions and answer them honestly and not with a cursory, textbook response. It may sometimes occur that you don’t know the answer to a question or you don’t have the time. If this happens, don’t waffle or brush the question off. Simply explain that you will look in to it and get back to the student with a proper answer later.

Innovative: The modern teacher must be an ‘early adopter’. You must be willing to explore new technologies, whether it is iPads, apps, ICT tools or personal learning environments. You should always be in constant search of new solutions to implement in your classrooms.

Organisation: Good organisation and the planning of your subject in advance are key factors for success. It is very important that as a teacher, you organise each lesson properly, allocating the time to cover it in its entirety. Students can tell a poorly planned class and once they realise the teacher is not organised it will be difficult to get them engaged in your lesson.

Become a Geek: We mean this in the best sense of the word. The internet is the greatest source of knowledge that humanity has ever known. Therefore you must be a curious person and incorporate this great resource at every available option. Your students are probably doing it too! You need to be someone who is always researching and looking for new information to challenge your students and engage them in a dialogue.

As a teacher, keeping up to date with these developments will pay dividends with improved teaching skills.

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