A good teacher is a humane person looked up to and highly regarded by others. Like you and me, a teacher is a breathing, feeling and loving person with inborn qualities as well as acquired traits. The hereditary traits are nurtured by the environment and the training provided by home, school and community. However, if you wish to become a great teacher, you must possess character traits which are compatible with the teaching profession. Some of these outstanding traits include being caring, compassionate, objective, fair, reflective, and above all intellectually superior.
Personal Attributes of Good Teachers
1. Intelligence Of course everybody has intelligence, be it high, average or low. Perhaps, teachers must develop one of Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. Good teachers are those who possess average to high intelligence. The better teachers are those with high intelligence quotient (IQ) and must exhibit one or more of the multiple intelligences identified by Gardner. Being intelligent means that one has foresight, a high level of understanding and mental capacity and a lot of common sense.
2. Emotional Stability
Aside from having a high intelligence quotient (IQ), a person who will make a good teacher must also have high emotional quotient (EQ).
Are you easily upset by petty things? Do you worry a lot? Do you find difficulty in adjusting to new situations? Do you panic when pressured?
If your answers to the above questions are NO, then, you must be calm and composed, and sure of yourself. You must be cheerful and optimistic, self-controlled, patient and level headed. You will make a good teacher!