One of the unsung heroes of 2020 have been teachers. They, like so many of us, have had their lives turned upside down.
Without any warning, they had to uproot their classrooms and find a way to continue teaching children online when the world continued to shut down. And as the year approaches, teachers around the country (and world) have made it their mission to keep growing the minds of the next generation.
So, for those of you who are wanting to bring more good to the world and become teachers yourself, there are some things you should know—and it’s not just directly related to needing to be prepared for lockdowns and teaching online.
No matter what you are teaching, where you are teaching or who you are teaching, there are a range of things future teachers need to know. So we’ve rounded up the top five things to know when it comes to getting the next generation of teachers prepared to help their students thrive.
- Your students are the most important thing
It is up to you, as a future teacher, to inspire and grow the next generation. Not every day will be easy and not every student will make you love your job—but don’t ever de-value your role in determining the future of the world. They will take the lessons you teach them with them wherever they go in life and this should be what gets you out of bed every day to share your knowledge and wisdom for another day.
- Prepare for certifications
Being a teacher is something that takes years of preparation and hard work. And in order to be an actual teacher, you need to pass your certifications—especially if you are in states like California. So, the best way to prepare is to map out your journey of everything you need to do to gain your teaching certification. Some helpful hints include getting a tutor to help with your cset test prep, sign-up for teaching experience, chat to certified teachers and study extra hard on the areas you want to teach.
- Understand your own emotions
Teaching is an emotional job. To be best prepared to handle the daily curveballs that teaching will undoubtedly throw your way, it is in the best interest of your teaching career to become in-tune with your own emotions. You will wear your heart on your sleeve in class and many students will end up confiding in you—so know how to process emotions and keep your mental health in check!
- You don’t have to always be right
Part of being a great teacher is always being open-mined to learn new things. It’s okay if you make a mistake during a lesson or get corrected by a student. In fact, it’s a great thing! Getting stuff wrong allows for personal growth and development—and you’re never to old or too knowledgeable to continue on that path of self-development!
- Be prepared for change
Much like many teachers learned this year, teaching comes with constant change. And it is up to the future teachers to know upfront that they will need to be adaptable for both themselves and their students. The way you teach in 2021 will be vastly different than 2085. So take it one year at a time and enjoy the opportunities to try to things differently, adapt, grow and flourish as a teacher.
The world can never have too many passionate teachers. It is people like you who will make the world a better place. And with these five tips, you will be better prepared to grow the hearts, souls and minds of future generations.