10 Things Every Teacher Needs To Survive

What a teacher needs depends on the teacher.

Emerging learning trends, data management resources, literacy strategies, digital tools, exemplar curriculum models, increased or decreased autonomy, classroom management tips–this is a list that could get long fast.

But sometimes it can be those less visible characteristics that can determine a teacher’s long-term success. Below I’ve listed 10 ‘things’ every teacher needs to ‘survive’ in the classroom. Some of these are abstract, like mindset, while others are skills like organization and time management. I just tried to brainstorm a variety of factors that can contribute to teachers ‘making it.’

Success in many endeavors in life can be reduced to knowledge, mindset, and opportunity. Knowledge can create ability, awareness, and potential. Mindset can lead to motivation, desire, and creativity. And few things can happen without opportunity.

So to the list below. Some are super obvious and practical; others less so. I just listed each ‘thing’ and a brief justification for each. Ideally, each would benefit from a post of its own, then maybe an eCourse and a book. Maybe one day.

10 Things Every Teacher Needs To Survive

  1. An open mind

Imagine someone with a closed mind surviving in a 21st-century classroom.

  1. Confidence born from competence

Confidence is absolutely crucial or the job can eat you alive. But it must be confidence born not from ‘swagger’ but competence in your content area, general pedagogy, and the interpersonal transactions that make it all happen on a daily basis.

  1. A curious and playful mindset

This is how great teachers become that way; they have it in year one and–somehow–never lose it.

  1. Time

More time is by far the thing I believed I needed most as a teacher and it’s not even close.

  1. Organization skills

This goes a long way in giving more time (and I was really bad at it).

  1. Specialized knowledge

Whether you’re talking about pedagogy, instructional design, learning models, technology integration, content area expertise, or any other ‘strand’ of teaching, at some point no matter how much time and confidence and organization you have or how curious and playful your mindset remains, you’re going to have to know what you’re doing–how to grow students.

  1. A sense of progress

Imagine a teacher thriving in the classroom without one.

  1. A support system

There are going to be days when all the knowledge and mindset and coffee in the world can’t help–where nothing you do seems to work. That’s where this comes in. Whether you’re talking about a PLN to assist with a literacy strategy or a best friend who knows you need a hug, support is necessary to survive in the classroom.

  1. Humility

The more humble you are, the more likely you are to absorb the lessons and grow. Humility is central to a growth mindset and isn’t mutually exclusive with confidence.

  1. Cognitive agility

The ability to solve problems on the fly, assess understanding, imagine a lesson, respond with a kind heart, analyze an opportunity–teaching not only demands a lot but it demands a wide range of a lot. I’m convinced that there are few professions as demanding on the mind, heart, and soul as teaching.

The ability to think laterally, look ahead, demonstrate resourcefulness, etc.–this is the kind of stuff that separates teachers who survive from the ones who do not.


Other Teaching Skills & Personality Traits

What other sorts of skills and personality traits can prove useful in surviving as a teacher? Communication skills, the ability to see the very best in others (which can help you inspire others)–there’s so much that can serve you. Below I’ve added a small handful of other qualities that can serve you well in your craft as an educator.

  1. Optimism

You’re never as good as you think you are, and never as bad as you think you are either. Always see the glass half-full because the alternative serves no one.

  1. Service Mindset

Teaching is a service profession–carry it in your heart, your thoughts, your words, and your actions.

  1. Selective Introversion

Collaboration is forced on the 21st-century teacher from all directions. Sometimes it helps to take a step back and decompress, regroup, and prioritize alone.

  1. Agility

When everything changes direction quickly, you need to be able to as well. Data teams, new standards, new technology, new local priorities–the only constant is change.

  1. Energy

See 1-7.

  1. Humor

When all else fails, laugh.

  1. Self-awareness

Knowing your limits and how to take care of yourself, for example. You can’t serve others if you’re not well. This is obvious but easy to forget during the busy school year when peer pressure and ‘local norms’ for teacher behavior can promote unhealthy behaviors that are unsustainable in your teaching.

  1. Whatever perspective serves you

This depends on your strengths and ‘weaknesses’ and experience level and local circumstance. I’d call it a ‘growth mindset’ and that’s a big part of it but it’s not just about flexibility and growth and ‘being positive’–it’s about knowing what you need and the people around you need and how to make it all work in a way that’s beautiful and efficient and sustainable for everyone involved.

Source: https://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/10-things-every-teacher-needs-to-survive/

Teaching Skills Upgrade: Creative Ways to Up Your Teacher Game

Each new year comes with hopes, goals, and opportunities to improve. Want to learn something new and advance your practice? Here are some creative ideas to boost your professional development, up your teaching game, and supercharge your brilliant career.

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Education workshops aren’t the only path to professional development. Try these informal — and fun — ways to grow in your career.

  • Get out of school. Visit your local zoo to brainstorm an animal-focused science curriculum, or hit an art museum to find inspiration for cross-curricular lesson plans. Zoos and museums often have education directors who can help you use their resources, both virtually and in person. Some institutions also have programs just for teachers.
  • Be dramatic. Take an improv or acting class. You’ll improve your classroom presence and think-on-your-feet skills, boosting your confidence and enhancing your connection to your students. To make it more fun, convince some of your teacher pals to join you.
  • Learn for free online. Diving into a brand-new subject expands your mind and can stimulate creativity that carries over into your teaching. Online MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) are often free if you don’t need a certificate of completion, and offer a broad range of classes — coding, archaeology, 20th-century history, photography, and more — from top universities around the world. To get started, check out Coursera.
  • Join the club. Join an organization such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of English, or the National Organization for the Education of Young Children. You’ll get access to teaching journals, magazines, and on-demand webinars that you can use for independent study.
  • Start a book group. Visit your school or district’s book room or your public library, and check out one professional development book each month. Read it, try it, use it, and then write up a quick reflection. Even better, ask a friend at school to be your book buddy.

Put your headphones on

Podcasts are a great way to pick up teaching tips while you commute, work out, or prep dinner. Here are some educator favorites.

  • Science Underground (2 min) TED speaker and inventor-scientist Ainissa Ramirez delivers fun, understandable science lessons — how space suits work, why fireworks explode — in two-minute hits.
  • The 10-Minute Teacher Show with Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher (10 min) Vicki Davis, a high school teacher and IT director, interviews a new expert every weekday about hot education topics such as cyberbullying and motivating special-needs students.
  • Educators 2 Educators (30min) Host Carrie Conover chats with educators about innovative ways to transform your teaching. Recent episodes have covered digital citizenship, diverse learning, resilience, and ESL.
  • Angela Watson: Truth for Teachers (30–40 min) Teaching coach Angela Watson serves up practical solutions for managing student behavior and motivational tips to energize your teaching.

Be a better mentor

Improve your management skills and clarify your teaching practice by signing on to mentor a new teacher. Here’s how to get as much out of the experience as you give.

  • Reconnect with your inner beginner. Now that you’re a pro in the classroom, you may forget what it’s like to have new-job jitters. Put yourself in your mentee’s shoes by trying something new yourself — kickboxing, ballet, painting, or anything to stretch beyond your comfort zone.
  • Branch out. Ask to be paired with a new teacher who has a different personality or teaching philosophy. Hearing a fresh perspective will help you both become better teachers.
  • Make introductions. Schools are complex social systems, so don’t just share your expertise, share your network as well. Being a connector is a great way to polish your own workplace social skills.
  • Put it on the schedule. You’ll likely have quick chats with your mentee in the hallway, teachers’ lounge, and via text all week long. But to be a really effective manager, set up an official weekly check-in meeting where you can sit together and talk through any challenges your mentee is facing that week.
  • Don’t give up. Your mentee doesn’t have to take your advice, and often may not. Don’t take it personally. Building your resilience as a teacher is always a win!

Source: https://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/classroom-resources/skills-good-teacher/

10 Modern Teaching Skills

Do you possess Modern Teaching Skills? As with most professions today, there are rapid developments in teaching that are being driven by social and technological changes. Keeping up to date with these developments within education will pay dividends with improved teaching skills. The skills needed to be a great teacher have now changed; modern teachers need to be competent in many new skill sets that were unknown to their predecessors. So here are, in our opinion, the 10 skills Modern Teachers need to know.

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Traditional Teaching Skills

These first 6 teaching skills are not new, but their importance has increased significantly for the modern teacher.

# 1 Commitment: It is essential that teachers are committed to their work and to the education of young people. The responsibility that lies in the hands of a teacher is huge, so a modern teacher must always be aware of this and be truly engaged in their profession.

# 2 Preparation:  There used be a time when the right temperament enabled you to become a teacher. Nowadays it’s nigh on impossible to find a teacher without formal academic training. This requirement is increasing as education levels improve in society. The better prepared you are as a teacher, the more effective you’ll be, so you should pursue you studies with this ethos in mind.

# 3 Organization: Good organization and the planning of a course in advance are key factors for success. It is very important that a teacher organizes the lesson properly and allocates the time to cover it in its entirety. Students can tell a poorly planned class from a mile away and once they realise the teacher isn’t putting in the effort neither will they!

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

#5 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. Utilizing it leaves your class wanting to find out what happens next. An engaged class is the best way to increase participation and collaboration.

#6 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 truly listen to their students questions and answer them honestly, not just with a cursory or 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, just explain that you will look in to it and get back to the student with a proper answer later.

New Teaching Skills

These new teaching skills complement the more traditional ones. These skills are associated with new technologies. Incorporating these into your teaching repertoire will ensure you become a modern teacher.

# 7 Innovative: The modern teacher must be willing to innovate and try new things, both teaching skills and educational apps, ICT tools and electronic devices. The modern teacher must be an “early adopter”.

# 8 Tech Enthusiast: The modern teacher must not only be innovative but also be willing to explore new technologies. Whether it is iPads, apps or personal learning environments, modern teachers should  be in constant search of new ICT solutions to implement in their classrooms.

# 9 Social : One of the traditional teaching skills was to be open to questions. The modern teacher shouldlead the conversation to social networks to explore possibilities outside of the class itself. We recommend our “Twitter in the Classroom: Ideas for teachers” to explore this idea in more depth.

# 10 Geek: We mean this in the best sense of the word. The internet is the greatest source of knowledge that humanity has ever known, so to be a modern teacher you must be a curious person and incorporate this resource at every available option. Trust me, your students are going to do it if you don’t! You need to be someone who is always researching and looking for new information to challenge your students and engage them in a dialogue both in class and online.

Source https://www.goconqr.com/en/examtime/blog/teaching-skills/