If you have been thinking about becoming an educator, one of the main and most important questions that you will need to answer is whether that career path is the correct one for you and whether you really have what it takes to be an educator. Teaching is a noble profession and needless to say it is rewarding in more ways than just getting paid a competitive salary. The profession is one that is directly linked to nurturing the future generations and imparting knowledge as well as good practices that will help students go into the society as responsible and intelligent adults. So if you want to know what it takes to be an educator, here is a simple guide from us that can help you make your decision.
What skills should an educator have?
First, you need to know about the skills and characteristics that you need to work on in yourself so that you are able to do justice to your profession. Sometimes, this requires honing your own skills and even your thought process and attitude so that you are able to maintain great work ethics in a classroom setting. Some of the main skills that you will need to work on include, but are not limited to;
- Excellent communication – you will be communicating to not just students, but also other teachers and on occasion, even the parents of students. As such, have great communication skills that will get your point across without confusion is a must and it needs to be professional too.
- Unbiased academic ethics – as an educator, you cannot afford to be biased towards any of your students for any reason. Some of your students will pick up on the subject matter easily while a few students in the class might be struggling to keep up. You should not have any favourites and should pay attention to all students alike. In fact, if a student is struggling, as an educator your job would be to help them catch up on the work and give them the right support they require. A student’s background or any other such factor should never come into play when you are teaching them.
- Patience – as an educator you will also need to be really patient, especially if you are teaching classes where your students are small and young children. They will have a very limited attention span and you will need to spend a lot of energy with them. Losing your cool is never an option so stay patient and stay kind.
- The ability to form relationships with students – your capability to form relationships that are transparent and professional with students, will also play a major role in determining how well they can adjust to the teaching style that you choose and the subject matter that you are teaching. You should be able to guide and mentor them, but at the same time, you should also be friendly and approachable so that they can take interest in what you teach them.
- Supportive, motivating attitude – students need constant motivation and support if the teaching – learning process is to be successful. This motivation and support may change from student to student and it is up to you to understand which method would work well for each student under your care. It may feel complicated but once you get to know your students well, understanding what works for them will also come to you easily.
- Investing time and energy in prep – you need to be well prepared for each and every lesson that you teach. The time and thought that you put into this prep will determine how successful it will be.
- Staying updated with the latest teaching techniques – you yourself will need to be willing to learn in order to give your students a stellar learning experience. Keep updating your teaching methods and styles with the right professional education always.
At Global Edulink we believe in providing the best education to our learners so that their professional lives can go places. Our courses in education and training are accredited and can help you on the road to becoming a qualified educator.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award in Education and Training – AET (Formerly PTTLS)
Our Level 3 Award in Education and Training is a great way to get into teaching.
This course is comprised of professionally narrated e-Learning modules, interactive quizzes, tests and exams. All delivered through a system that you will have access to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 180 days (6 months). An effective support service and study materials will build your confidence to secure your qualification.
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award in Education and Training is an introductory teaching qualification. Achieving this Award will provide sufficient evidence that the learner has acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare, plan, deliver and evaluate basic teaching and learning sessions, in a variety of teaching or training contexts. This introductory, knowledge-based teaching qualification has no minimum teaching practice requirement. Therefore, it may be undertaken by individuals who are not in a teaching role. However, there is a minimum requirement to take part in micro–teaching.
It can meet the needs of a range of trainee teachers, including:
- Individuals not currently teaching or training
- Individuals currently teaching and training, including those who have just begun or are about to begin
- Individuals currently working as assessors who wish to achieve a qualification providing an introduction to teaching.
It gives learners the opportunity to:
- Develop knowledge related to teaching and learning
- Develop skills in teaching and learning
- Achieve a nationally-recognised Level 3 qualification
- Develop their own personal growth and engagement in teaching and learning.
Pearson BTEC Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (QCF)
The Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (CET) is suitable for those already in a teaching role who want to build their skills, as well as for people not currently involved in teaching or teacher training but who are able to satisfy the practice requirements set out in the mandatory and optional course units (including submitting three teaching observations).
The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training prepares trainee teachers and trainers to teach in a wide range of contexts. To achieve the qualification, there is a requirement for teaching practice that requires observation and assessment of performance. The qualification can meet the needs of a range of trainee teachers and trainers, including:
- Individuals who are not currently teaching and training but who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice requirements of the qualification
- Individuals who are currently teaching and training, including those who have just begun teaching and training and who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice requirements, of the qualification
- Individuals currently working as assessors who wish to achieve a teaching qualification and who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice, of the qualification.
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