Are You Ready To Become A Teacher?

Jun 7, 2019 by

Choosing a career can be difficult, especially when there is a lot of choice and you have the skills to go in a variety of directions. It is important to get it right, otherwise, you could find that you are stuck doing a job in an industry that you just don’t like. This is why it pays to do the research before you begin the application process and the qualifications.

If teaching is your goal, then you may have some very firm ideas about doing this. Are you really ready, though, or do you need to gain some more skills first? Here are some questions to ask yourself about your next career step.

Do You Have The Qualifications?

Clearly, one of the most – if not the most – important elements of becoming a teacher is to have all the right qualifications. Without these, you won’t even be able to get started. You can start learning how to be a teacher as soon as you leave high school, but don’t worry if the idea came to you later on after you have been working in a different industry for a while – you can still gain your relevant qualifications at any point.

Enrolling in college, taking night classes, or learning online will all cause disruption to your life whether or not you realize it. Be prepared to change your routine and work as hard as you can. Once you have the qualifications, you’ll need to know how to write a CV so you can add them and start applying for positions.

Are You Compassionate?

Qualifications are a good start, but they are not enough to make you a good teacher, or to ensure you are going to enjoy the job once you begin. You will also need to be compassionate. Think back to your own favorite teacher when you were in elementary school. It is likely they would have been kind, patient, and understanding – they would have had compassion. These are the best teachers.

Being compassionate means you are able to think of the student’s situation and understand more about why they are making mistakes or behaving in the way they are. Rather than being overly strict (although some strictness is important) you will be able to see what is really going on and work accordingly.

Are You Passionate?

Teaching is hard work, whether the children in your class want to learn or not, and no matter how well or badly behaved they might be. In order to be the most effective teacher you can be, you need to be passionate about the job. In fact, for passionate teachers, it is more than a job; it is a vocation.

You need to be passionate about:

  • Teaching
  • Helping others
  • Children and their education
  • Making learning interesting
  • Life in general

It can be hard to maintain that passion no matter what happens, but the more you can show it, the more it will catch on with your students, and they will begin to love school just that little bit more.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.