February 21, 2024

Teacher Traits and Characteristics

Priorities for Transformative Teaching

contributor Olivia Odie Lake

As an educator, you have a huge responsibility in shaping the future of our society.

To really make a difference, becoming “fearless”—a teacher who isn’t afraid to push boundaries and take risks—could be the way forward. exist, ‘How to be a good teacher‘We learned some of the qualities of being a good teacher.

In the modern classroom, however, being “excellent” may not be enough.In terms of teaching, a great teacher (See 12 Rules of Great Teaching) May have exceptional skills in areas such as lesson planning, classroom management, and student engagement. However, a fearless teacher takes these skills a step further by being willing to experiment with new teaching methods, accepting challenging students, and adapting to changing educational environments for an effective and sustainable teaching.

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We need educators who are not afraid to challenge the status quo, are willing to try new things, and are passionate about delivering the best education possible. In this article, we discuss ten essential characteristics of teacher change and explain why these qualities are critical to success in the classroom.

Given the mounting pressure and seemingly dwindling time and resources, being fearless and teaching for change may seem like a huge challenge, but it may also be a key strategy for success in the modern K-12 higher education context.

1. embrace change

A teacher of change understands that change is inevitable and necessary. They recognize that the needs of their students are constantly changing and are willing to adapt their teaching methods to meet these needs. They are not afraid to challenge traditional methods and are always looking for new and innovative ways to engage students.

2. adaptability

Transformative teachers are willing to adapt to new teaching practices, technologies, and pedagogies. They understand that what worked in the past may not work today and are always looking for new ways to improve their teaching.

More importantly, they understand that good teaching needs to be sustainable—joyful and creative, or, if nothing else, something they enjoy doing every day.

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3. resourceful

Teachers of change focus not on what resources they don’t have, but on what they do have. They are good at finding solutions to problems creatively and are willing to make the best use of the resources available to them.

4. partnership with parents

Teachers of change understand the importance of working with parents from different backgrounds. They recognize that parents are their child’s first teachers and involve them in their child’s education wherever possible. They strive to develop positive relationships with parents and involve them in the educational process.

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5. whole person education

A transformative teacher seeks to educate the whole child, not just prepare them for tests. They understand that education is not just about academics, but also about social-emotional development, physical fitness and creativity. They are committed to developing well-rounded individuals, prepared to succeed in all areas of life.

6. innovative teaching

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Transformative teachers seek innovative ways to make content authentic and relevant. They understand that students learn best when they are engaged and invested in the material. They combine technology, hands-on activities, and real-world experience to bring the material to life.

7. Advocate for fairness

Transformative teachers are willing to ask tough questions of instructional leaders to ensure equity for students and teachers. They recognize the inequalities that exist in our education system and work to eliminate them. They advocate for all students to have access to a high-quality education and for teachers to have the support and resources they need to succeed.

8. share best practices

Transformative teachers love to share best practices, and they share student successes with their peers so everyone can grow. They recognize that teaching is a collaborative process and are always looking for ways to improve their skills. They share their successes and challenges with colleagues, participate in professional development opportunities, and participate in mentoring programs to support the growth of their peers.

9. work with purpose

Transformative teachers know why they teach, and they have purpose in what they do every day. They are passionate about their profession and believe they can make a difference in the lives of their students. They are committed to their personal and professional development and are always looking for ways to improve their practice.

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10. willing to fail

Teachers of change are willing to make mistakes and fail when trying new approaches. They understand that failure is a natural part of the learning process and are not afraid to take risks in teaching. They learn from their failures and use those experiences to improve their practice.

Becoming a teacher of change takes courage, enthusiasm, and a commitment to excellence. By embracing change, seeking out new opportunities and being willing to take risks, you can have a profound impact on the lives of your students. So be fearless in your teaching approach and inspire the next generation of learners to be fearless as well.

Olivia Odileke is Chief Engagement Officer and visionary leader at Kampus Insights Inc, dedicated to inspiring a fearless culture among educators. With extensive experience as a Title 1 teacher, math teacher, science teacher, math coach, and instructional coach, Olivia is dedicated to helping teachers create engaging lessons and empower students to reach their full potential.she holds a Bachelor’s degree BS in Industrial Engineering and MS in Education in Instructional Technology.