It’s always good for teachers to possess a number of personal skills, and of course, these personal skills tend to vary from teacher to teacher. However, there are 4 personal skills (given below), which all teachers should possess. If you don’t already possess these skills, then it is not too late to cultivate them.
1.Patience – Patience is at top of the list, because it is one of the important qualities a teacher needs to possess. Without patience (vast reserves of it, some may add), a teacher will find life extremely difficult. Students have many ways of trying a teacher’s patience and every time you lose your temper, the only person who comes out of the situation looking bad, will be you. Impatience and anger are qualities one cannot afford to have in the classroom. Patience on the other hand is one of the qualities that teachers must learn to cultivate whether they like it or not.
2.Discipline – You cannot discipline students, if you aren’t disciplined yourself. Being disciplined means being firm but fair, having the willpower to not be moved by tears or tantrums etc. It might be hard at first, but if you want your students to listen to you, then you must be disciplined.
3.Engaging Personality – All of us can cultivate engaging personalities (even introverts), all it takes is a little practice. So what exactly does an engaging personality mean? An engaging personality does not mean having to be the life and soul of the party or to constantly be in the thick of things. In the context of teaching, a teacher with an engaging personality is one who strives to makes lessons interesting, the act of learning fun and can match the wavelength of her students. You don’t have to create an engaging personality over night. But you can create one over time and in time, it is students who will benefit .
4.Must Love Teaching – This trait seems like a no-brainer, but it is worth mentioning because loving what you do does affect how you do it. If you love teaching, then you are going to love watching your students learn and you are going to want to teach them. However, if you do not love teaching, or find that you don’t like teaching anymore (for whatever the reason may be), you will find it extremely hard to teach, simply because you have lost the motivation to teach.