Top 5 Qualities of an Online Teacher
1). PASSIONNozomi Morgan wrote an article for Forbes.com entitled, “The Art of Passionate Leadership”. Being a lover of sales and management, of course, I dove into this article! Morgan writes, “When I see people who really excel in their career or excel in life, I notice that they have a strong passion for what they do. That passion makes a world of difference.
Think about it: imagine an employee who has a top-notch education. Imagine that this person has all the right strengths to excel, the knowledge and the experience. Now imagine that this person, though perhaps excessively equipped to handle the job, has no interest and is disengaged at work. Their heart isn’t in it.” (Morgan, 2015).
Self-Reflection: Do you feel passion for online education? How is your passion displayed in the classroom? Passion rarely goes unnoticed!
2). PROFESSIONALISMAn online education platform cannot survive without teachers who possess professionalism. Our interactions with the customers, who are our students and their parents, are of the utmost importance. The customers’ experiences with us, as teachers, can make or break their commitment to booking more Qkids lessons! Analyze your level of professionalism, and ask yourself, “Am I the most professional version of myself when I am teaching?”
3). PREPAREDNESSHaving been through the Qkids hiring process firsthand, I can say that there is an advantage to having the quality of preparedness when you embark on the teaching journey. The individual who prepares by studying the provided training videos, practicing the demonstrated techniques, and facilitating the games in the ways shown, will shine brightly.
4). EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION SKILLSWe are responsible for the delivery of clear, accurate English when we speak and type in our classroom. The quality of excellent communication skills reduces written and oral errors when teaching, and it provides sound examples for students to build knowledge around. Our communication skills can help, or hurt, students as they aim to acquire the desired lesson goals. A teacher’s excellence in communication is essential to student success. We are teaching English, so we should be modeling our mastery at a high level of competence.
Self-Reflection: Is my teacher talk as effective and understandable as it can be? Am I providing a clear display of English that can be easily followed and understood? Am I using a TESOL-sensitive way of talking?
5). ADAPTABILITYHow do you navigate change and uncertainty when it comes to teaching? Do you have the quality of adaptability? Being able to adapt to varying levels of student ability, and to their different needs and personalities, is essential to teacher success!
Self-Reflection: Are you activating student participation through your ability to adapt? Do you have the adaptability to approach Qkid requests for the teaching of other lesson types with self-confidence and willingness to learn?