Are you are “People Person”?
I hope so.
I don’t mean are you a manic do-gooder or over-achieving socialite – but just do you enjoy working with and being around people?
If you don’t, you probably shouldn’t be a teacher – of any sort.
Do you enjoy helping people?
Teachers of English help people learn a new skill that is often required for a good job, for a better job and in some companies – required even for a promotion.
But if you don’t enjoy the basic human interaction of helping someone learn something, don’t be a teacher.
Conversely, if connecting with people and helping them learn new skills really gets you excited, then you are on the right path.
As strange as it might seem there actually are relatively unfriendly teachers who don’t seem to enjoy human contact. Now – I’ve never been the life of the party and I am even quite shy around strangers but standing in front of a classroom and helping people really turns me on. After a class that turned out well, I personally feel really charged up and even grateful to be a teacher. If you are wishing to be a teacher or are a teacher, I hope you share that excitement with me.
TED’s Tips™ #1: DO take a good look at yourself before deciding to be a teacher. If you enjoy people and enjoy helping people, teaching is one of the more rewarding careers you will ever find. If you don’t, you may find it a dreary path of class after class after class. For me – I think it is one of the most exciting professions in the world.