Top 5 characteristics of a modern teacher

Published: May 11, 2016

How would you describe a modern teacher? Today we are sharing some skills and attributes that we think modern teachers should possess.

Engage in professional communities

Teachers should view personal and professional development as a continuous process. One of the best ways to engage in personal and professional development is by networking. Network with other industry professionals by attending education conferences and events or by joining professional online communities for educators. Networking with other teachers is a great way to exchange ideas about different ways of teaching and to share other useful tips.

Keep learning

Being a teacher does not mean you should stop educating yourself. Like with any other profession, there is always something new to learn when you are a teacher. Modern teachers should be curious and proactive in terms of gaining new skills and knowledge.

Understand technology

Modern teachers should be willing to explore new technologies and the different ways they can improve teaching and learning. Technologies are constantly evolving and changing, therefore, teachers should be flexible and adaptable in order to stay up to date with changes in technologies that could support education.

What is more, most students are tech-savvy, this means that having an interest in different technologies will definitely help you engage with students more.

Participate in social media

Incorporating social media into lessons can be a challenge due to lack of knowledge, accessibility and issues like e-safety. However, teachers who are using social media can benefit in a number of different ways. For instance, different social media sites can help make lessons more interactive as well as they can extend the learning outside the classroom.

Social media is also useful for engaging with parents and for promoting the school image online. What is more, joining different discussions or connecting with people of social media are great ways for networking with other industry professionals.

Know when to take a break

This is very important for keeping high levels of productivity and for reducing work-related stress. Modern teachers know when it is time to slow down and relax for them and for their students.