It’s imperative for anyone who must stand before a classroom and teach students to be highly qualified and efficient. This is definitely non-negotiable! I mean…so many young minds are in the hands of teachers to be shaped and reshaped; as such no teacher can afford to teach nonsense. For this reason, it is important that a lot of yardsticks be put in place when recruiting teachers. For one, every teacher must meet a basic requirement- the possession of a good degree from an acclaimed

[reputable] institution. But beyond this, anyone who must teach must also undergo special training in early child development, qualify in same and be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient skills and knowledge and ensuring the overall wellbeing of children.

Now moving on, after a teacher has qualified to stand before a class and teach, it’s important for him or her to relax and feel like [they] have become the best. Frankly, you’re not! As a matter of fact, you must continually empower yourself on a daily basis by reading wide and taking special teachers’ trainings. There are several teachers’ development programmes that abound which you may benefit from.  The secret to being good [effective/efficient] at what you do is to continually advance yourself and strive to acquire new knowledge. I can assure you that there are lots of things a teacher who has taught Chemistry for more than two decades doesn’t know! Regular advancement courses/programmes can help you know more…

Having said, below is an enumerated list of everything teachers must do in order to be efficient-

  1. Enjoy your job; teaching is an interesting job!
  2. Endeavour to make a difference in the lives of your students.
  3. Spread positivity- across the school where you teach and beyond.
  4. Learn to stay focused and give your job your best.
  5. Be open-minded and receptive to new knowledge; nobody knows it all…not even the teachers!
  6. Embrace change when it happens
  7. Find inspiration.
  8. Improve yourself
  9. Improve yourself
  10. Improve yourself yet again!

All the best please!

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