What traits do you need to become an excellent teacher?
When I was in teacher training, there were long and intimidating descriptions of all the
traits a person needed to be a teacher. However, all you really need is
That's it. If you really have #1 and #2, your love of the subject will rub off on the
students and you'll be able to acquire new skills and overcome any obstacles to achieve your goal.
Whether you're natually dominant or submissive, or animated or quiet has nothing to do with it - your
personality type is is totally irrelevant. Everything you need can be learned.
- A love of the subject(s) you're teaching
- An overwhelming desire and goal to make sure all the students in your classes master the
subject you're teaching.
However, if you lack #1 or #2 (i.e. you might naievely believe you could acquire these traits, but really,
they're not what makes you tick deep down inside), you won't be able to put in a full-hearted
effort. You can't convey a love you don't have and you can't fake caring about every student learning and your
classes will lack something fundamental.