Recently when we did a small survey asking our Educators and Teachers the most important qualities that Preschool Teachers must possess, here are the results and among about 40 qualities, I am writing here only 5.
1. Empathy and Compassionate
If mere knowledge is the lowest form of learning, Empathy is the highest form of Learning.
It requires us to leave our egos and live in another’s world.
Teachers have to be empathetic. Empathy is one of the most important qualities a School Teacher, in particular a Preschool Teacher must possess.
Children come from different environments and carry different emotions which can lead to different learning styles even at an early age. Teachers must be able to accept these differences and be willing and able to work with these different learning styles to ensure all children leave the classroom having achieved the set learning objectives.
2. Patience and passion to teach
In nurturing the child at an early age that is between 0 to 6 or 7 years, the Teacher’s role is critical and she plays a significant role. 0 to 7 years is the first stage of Child Development and it is known as “Willing Stage” And during this stage, a child is willing to do a lot and wants to take initiative on lot of activities at home and at School. A Teacher must exhibit patience and must have passion to teach a child. In fact, the National Association for the Education of Young Children reports that the most important characteristic for early childhood development teachers is to have enthusiasm and passion for children.
Often people take Teaching profession for various reasons; however, it takes a special type of educator to work with children that make up the early childhood age range. Teachers must address learning competencies that support the attainment of basic cognitive, behavioral, social and physical developmental milestones. Patience, creativity, a love for the field and a bachelor’s degree in child development are all important qualities of an early childhood educator
Young children at this age are full of energy and curious too, which can call for an exhausting day for a Teacher. A preschool Teacher must bring a great deal of patience and a bout of humour to the classroom to get children to focus and engage them in the daily set activities and feel excited about her job.
3. Responsible, committed and lifelong learner
As an early childhood teacher, you wear many hats and the most important thing here is you need to be extremely responsible and flexible. If you are a new teacher, remember that your job description may change on a daily basis depending on the School and their needs. In most cases, your role as an early childhood teacher will be similar to that of a guide. A guide does not walk in front but walks beside a person on a journey.
For early childhood teachers are always challenged to design new activities and experiences to share with children. Help children and move in a direction that interests the child. Whilst allowing the child to choose his or her learning and playing style, taking care of their safety is the utmost important and will always be number one concern!
Give up the notion that a teacher knows everything. Learning is a continuous journey, in fact, “Learning should be your Lifestyle” Become a partner in learning and encourage children to find their own answers instead of providing the answers for them. By being a partner, teachers learn with the children and share in their experiences.
4. Caring and motherly
A Preschool Teacher is more than just a teacher, She is motherly because she cares for children at School and she is the most prized person, every day almost. She is loving them, comforting them and teaching them too. All parents must be grateful to them.
5. Unbiased and Value driven
Many researchers believe that becoming more aware of our biases can help improve our interactions with others, decrease our sense of unease in multiracial contexts, and make better decisions. Though most of this research has been done with other professional groups or the general public, the same lessons are likely to apply to teachers too.
Mindfulness practices such as paying attention in a nonjudgmental way to one’s breath or other sensations has been shown to reduce stress in Teachers which can indirectly have an effect on reducing bias.