Advice For Aspiring Teachers
Thursday, 24 December 2020

There is a reason that teaching is such a popular profession and many young people have aspi-rations of becoming a teacher shortly after leaving school. Teachers can have a profound im-pact on the lives of every single pupil that they teach so it is a highly rewarding role, plus there are many perks such as vacation time, shorter working days and great job security. It is under-standable why so many people want to enter the teaching profession, but this is also a unique and challenging area to work in and can be competitive with so many people looking to teach. With this in mind, here are a few tips for aspiring teachers which will hopefully come in useful.

Gain As Much Experience As Possible

 
As with any role, it is always helpful to get as much experience as possible when embarking on a new career path. This is so that you can see if it is right for you, to develop a few key skills and to show to future employers that you are capable of working in this environment. When it comes to teaching, you can build experience early on by being a classroom assistant, volunteer-ing, taking on work experience and observing teachers in action.
 

Find a Mentor

 
A mentor can be incredibly useful in this profession and help you to settle much faster in your first teaching role. This is because a mentor can provide advice and tips on how to succeed. They can provide emotional support as well as help to open new doors with their network of contacts that they will have built over a career in teaching.
 

Develop Your Soft Skills

 
Teachers need to have very strong soft skills so you need to work on these, particularly if there are any that you consider to be weaknesses. It is true that some people are naturally better than others when it comes to soft skills, but you can always improve on these with research, training and practice. A few of the key soft skills that a teacher will require include:
  • Communication skills
  • Presentational skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Time-management
  • Work ethic
  • Problem solving
  • Ability to work under pressure
 

Try To Spend Time With Young People

 

As an educator, you need to be able to connect and build relationships with young people. This can actually be something that many teachers struggle with, particularly if they do not spend any significant amount of time around the age group that they intend to teach. This is why it is helpful to try and spend time with young people where possible whether this is with the chil-dren of family or friends or through volunteering. It might also be helpful to try to keep up with youth culture in order to know how to connect with different age groups.
 

Gain Qualifications

 
Qualifications are obviously an essential step to becoming a teacher, but you can also use these to develop your skills, improve your methods and qualify for senior and leadership roles if you plan to progress your career. You can get an MA education online degree which will help you to stand out, qualify for higher (and better paid) positions and find success within a teaching career. It is also helpful to study an online course as it can make it much easier to juggle your other commitments.
 

Be Positive & Give Respect

 
The teachers that have an impact on their students beyond the classroom and enjoy the great-est success are the ones that are positive and passionate about what they do. In addition to this, it is also important to give respect to your pupils and to try and build relationships with them while still demanding respect and clearly being in charge. The best teachers are the ones where the pupils enjoy their lessons and have fun but still respect the teacher and will abide by their rules without question - it can take some time to develop this ability, but a mentor could be useful for helping you with this.
 

Be Prepared To Handle Difficult Students

 
Following on from this, it is inevitable that you will encounter difficult students in your time as a teacher and it is important that you know how to handle these situations as this will have a big impact on how you are seen not only by your pupils but also your superiors. This is some-thing that every new teacher worries about, but being able to keep your cool, retain control of the classroom and handle each situation with care is key.
 

Prepare Every Lesson With Care

 
Preparation is key to success when it comes to teaching. You need to always plan every single lesson carefully beforehand so that you can really maximize the time that you have, make the content as engaging and memorable as possible and make sure that every pupil learns from every lesson that you give. This does mean that you have to spend a lot of time preparing these lessons, but it will help you to find success and make a difference to your students.
 

Stay Current

 
Like many professions, teaching can change quickly and it is important to keep up with these developments so that you can be the best possible teacher and engage today’s young minds. New technologies, trends and ways of teaching are always being developed and staying current with these will help you to thrive. There are lots of ways to stay up to date, such as:
  • Signing up to newsletters
  • Teaching publications
  • Networking events
  • Social media
  • Teaching blogs and podcasts

 

Have A Personal Approach

 

It is also vital as a teacher that you adopt a personal approach to teaching and understand that a blanket method does not work. Every pupil is completely different from one another, so you are likely to find that what works for one pupil does not work for another. Therefore, those that struggle to keep up you may need to adjust your approach and find ways to engage them. This means knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your classroom, which again is something that is all about relationship building, listening and being observant.
 
Hopefully, these tips will come in useful for an aspiring teacher and help you to enjoy the many benefits that this career can bring.
 
 
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