The Personal And Professional Qualities Of Teachers

Personal qualities

Following are the personal qualities of a school teacher

  • powerful interactive and transmission skills
  • a sincere interest in children and admiration for their individuality
  • the capability to be aware of children’s particular needs
  • the skill to be innovative, artistic, understanding, organized, and practical
  • the ability to establish rapport between children and parents
  • strong leadership and teamwork skills and a good sense of humor
  • a high level of dedication to work which often impacts personal lifestyle choices
  • a clear, pleasant speaking voice and the ability to convey confidence
  • positive conflict resolution skills and the ability to handle stress well.

Professional Qualities

The teacher’s professional characteristics are following:

Collaboration

The teacher works with others to achieve a common goal.

Interacts constructively with peers/colleagues, administrators, supervisors, staff, mentor teachers, and parents

  • Shows consideration and respect for the thoughts and feelings of others
  • Demonstrates effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrates flexibility with others
  • Solicits suggestions and feedback from others
  • Maintains communication with colleagues, supervisors, and mentor teachers when questions or concerns arise
  • Recognizes a range of valid viewpoints

Functions as a contributing member of an instructional team to achieve long-term curriculum goals, state content standards, and district standards (term 4)

  • Communicates effectively both verbally and non-verbally
  • Shares ideas and materials
  • Offers ideas and observations at IEP meetings

Honesty and Integrity

The teacher demonstrates truthfulness, professional behavior, and trustworthiness.

Displays honesty and integrity

  • Maintains confidentiality
  • Elicits trust and respect from both peers and supervisors
  • In completing course and field experience assignments, produces original work and credits sources when appropriate

Respect

The teacher honors, values, and demonstrates consideration and regard for oneself and others.

Is respectful of cultural patterns and expectations within a community context

  • Presents self in a professional manner (e.g., dress, communication)
  • Speaks and behaves in a manner that is sensitive to linguistic and cultural differences and respects the dignity and worth of others
  • Establishes good rapport with students and colleagues
  • Seeks to address the varied learning needs of students in his/her classroom, including lower-performing children and those with disabilities
  • Recognizes and respects identities informed by a group’s historical context

Commitment to Learning

The teacher values learning for self and students.

Exhibits energy, drive, and determination to make one’s school and classroom the best possible environment for teaching and learning.

  • Plans and delivers instruction that engages all students in his/her classroom and addresses their learning needs
  • Values ongoing assessment as essential to the instructional process
    1. Demonstrates a commitment to students’ learning
      • Implements research-based strategies
      • Proposes ideas and solutions that address curriculum, instruction, and classroom management
      • Locates and/or creates materials that bring about student learning
      • Assumes responsibilities locate materials and resources and improves teaching
      • Reflects upon and evaluates effectiveness as a teacher, and seeks to improve skills
      • Reflects on and offers ideas to address curricular, instructional, and classroom management matters
      • Engages students in discovering how knowledge is constructed
      • Actively and consciously looks for stories, wisdom, action, and creations of knowledge from diverse perspectives
    2. Reflects on performance and attitudes as a teacher
      • Reflects upon and evaluates effectiveness as a teacher, and seeks to improve skills
      • Receives feedback in a positive manner and makes necessary adjustments
      • Regularly re-assesses his/her commitment to the profession
      • Evaluates instruction and student interactions and modifies as needed

Emotional Maturity

The teacher demonstrates situation-appropriate behavior.

  1. Is self-confident and enthusiastic
    • Displays enthusiasm for teaching and the subject matter
    • Demonstrates self-confidence through body language, voice tone, eye contact, preparedness
    • Exhibits energy, drive, and determination to become a professional educator
  2. Is dependable, conscientious, and punctual
    • Arrives early or on-time
    • Completes assigned tasks in a timely manner
    • Follows through with assignments and expectations
  3. Models social skills, character traits, and dispositions desired in students.
    • Establishes caring and mutually respectful relationships with students
    • Explicitly teaches and models desired behaviors and attitudes

Leadership and Responsibility

The teacher acts independently and demonstrates accountability, reliability, and sound judgment.

  1. Is aware of and acts according to school policies and practices.
    • Has obtained and read the school policy manual
    • Adheres to class, school, and district rules and policies.

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