Would I be a good teacher?

Would I be a good teacher?

Would I be a good teacher?

It’s three years since COVID-19 or coronavirus wreaked havoc with the world and the way we all live. It continues to have an effect today – just think about the number of people working from home today as opposed to back in 2019, or the people who are still struggling to leave their home due to fear of catching the dreaded virus.

Go deeper, though, and you’ll discover some of the positives that have come from COVID. Many people who were furloughed back in 2020 have subsequently changed their career, after using the time they had during lockdown to take a long, hard look at what they were doing with their life.

Many people have gone into teaching. And for good reason – it’s a rewarding, valuable profession. In 2023, we need good teachers like never before.

Perhaps you have looked at teaching but have never quite known whether or not it’s something you would be any good at. That’s how we can help.

We can also help you with the qualifications you need to go into teaching straight away.

Teachers need to pay attention to detail.

You might have heard the phrase “God is in the detail”. It’s a much-used phrase because it’s absolutely true.

Whatever you’re teaching, detail is vitally important. Misplace an apostrophe in a grammar class and you’ve just taught a whole roomful of overseas students how not to write English. Miss out a “{“ in coding class and your CSS won’t work.

You need attention to detail not just when you’re teaching your students, but when you’re checking their work. Make mistakes on a regular basis and your job will be under threat and nobody wants that.

Teachers need to keep their head when all about them are losing theirs.

The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted this paraphrase from Rudyard Kipling’s classic poem If –.

You might rather think of it as aiming to be a walking, talking personification of the wartime “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters.

If your students are struggling with their work or anything else, you need to be an oasis of calm in the midst of a sea of chaos. Getting as worked up as your students will only make the situation worse, not better.

Bad behaviour isn’t often as much of a problem when teaching adults as it is when teaching children, but you might just run into one or two other situations you have to deal with.

Adult learners have a wealth of life experience, which can be a good thing but can also be immensely frustrating. Adult learners can bring their knowledge and experience to the table, but you might find yourself having to deal with students who mistakenly think they already know what you’re trying to teach them.

Teachers need to be able to work on their own.

Many a teacher describes themselves as a “people person”, but it’s important to be able to work alone too.

Lessons don’t prepare themselves and there is lots of work to do outside the classroom when planning for the day, week, month or term ahead.

Family and colleagues might be able to help but you do need to be happy working without anyone else around you, or you might find that teaching is not entirely up your street.

Teachers don’t have to be tech-ey. But they do need to be able to use a computer.

Whether you’re working in a primary school classroom or teaching grown-ups in an adult education centre, chances are you’ll be asked to use a computer of some sort.

Every college and school worth its salt has a Microsoft Teams or shared Google account where homework assignments are posted and where students are expected to hand in anything from artwork to coursework.

You might be using a tablet in your classroom to share your PowerPoint with the class and take them through a presentation you’ve prepared beforehand (see “Teachers need to be able to work on their own”, above).

If you’re going to be working in a college, then you might be blessed with an IT department or expert, but knowing your way around an iPad will serve you well in the long run.

Teachers need to mix it up a little.

If you’re teaching adults, you can’t always stick to one approach.

Your students are there to learn, yes, but by the time they’ve reached adulthood their brains have often become used to learning in specific ways.

No matter how hard you try, a visual learner just won’t learn as well from being talked at as an auditory learner and reading learners won’t enjoy being told to “give it a try” in the same way as kinesthetic learners, who prefer to learn by doing and like taking a hands-on approach.

Additionally, some adult learners may be neurodivergent and need alternative learning aids and resources that you’ll need to be aware of.

How do I become a teacher?

If you’re interested in teaching adults in the UK, you’ll need to pass the Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

It’s the simplest way to qualify as a teacher of adults in the UK and Authentic Training offers several different ways of gaining the award.

We have a five-day in-person course for those without any experience in teaching and a three-day in-person course for those with some experience of teaching.

 

Our in-person courses are run from our specialist training centre in Kirkby – or we can come to your place of work if you’re a business looking to train several members of staff.

 

There’s also an online course with pre-arranged classes via Zoom you can dip into if you wish, and tutor support over the phone or by email.

 

Click here to find out more about the distance learning option.

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