FEBRUARY/MARCH, 2020 - Teaching Life Style

Future Opportunities: Building Your Teaching Career. ​

– Are you looking for a rewarding career?

– Have you ever thought of becoming a teacher?

Turn your love of learning into a love of teaching and experience the joy of helping students discover their potential.

Teaching may not be among the most dangerous jobs in the world, but it can be demanding, challenging as well as rewarding. 

Teaching today requires more than just caring about students and knowing one’s subject well. It is the job of an educator to know what motivates students, how to diagnose their strengths and weaknesses, and how to create and atmosphere in which students thrive. Being a teacher is a rewarding and demanding profession and it has the power to shape a country’s future. If you want to change lives for the better, pursuing a teaching career can be the right choice for you.


Teacher Responsibilities

Teachers help students learn and apply concepts in subjects such as English, Science and mathematics. They take action using interactive debate or a practical approach to help children understand conceptual ideas, use problem-solving skills and build up critical thinking processes. Teachers will prepare students for the future by.


To encourage collaboration in solving problems, students are increasingly working in groups to discuss and solve problems together. Teachers prepare students for the future by having them interact with others in group settings. Teachers will prepare their students further by training them to understand new technology, and lean logical thinking. It is the ultimate responsibility of a teacher to provide the proper environment in which to teach and practice these skills.


Work Environment

Teachers often work more than 40 hours per week. There is a great deal of time spent outside of the classroom setting where teachers prepare the lessons for their students. Teachers do, however, only work 9-10 months out of the year. Teachers can find their working conditions to be frustrating at times. Students are sometimes disrespectful and unmotivated, leaving a teacher to cope with the strain of unmanageable behavior and students who exhibit unsatisfactory performance. Additional factors such as classroom overcrowding, and lack of school funding can make a teachers work environment even more stressful. However, with the right classroom management techniques, tools, and a supportive community of teachers, you will be able to deal with all of these challenges in your stride.


Education and Training

Every country requires teachers to have some form of teacher license or certification, and those requirements vary from country to country. The majority of countries do, however, require that all teachers hold at least a Bachelor’s degree and have completed an approved teacher training program with an approved number of education credits, as well as supervised practice teaching. Some countries require continuing education for teachers to maintain licensure. Teachers may also study further to become board certified which gives them higher status and pay in their position. To become nationally accredited, skilled educators confirm their ability to teach by collecting a portfolio showing their effort in the classroom and by passing a written assessment and evaluation of their teaching knowledge. For international teachers, a TEFL certificate is required, especially for those who do not have an official teaching degree or teaching license from their home country.


Employment Outlook is Good for Teachers

Job Opportunities for teachers are excellent and will continue to be. There is currently a shortage of qualified teachers in many areas across the world, and there is expected to be a great deal of current educators retiring over the next 10 years. This will ensure many available opportunities for those wanting to earn their degree to become a teacher.

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. --(William Ward)

Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.
– Sidney Hook

There's a lot more to teaching than people think. In fact, teachers wear many different hats.

Have you ever wondered what the qualities of a really professional teacher are? I know that all teachers want their students to like them, but being liked isn’t the be-all and end-all really, is it? I mean teachers have to make some unpopular decisions sometimes.


Teachers can be popular just because they are friendly and helpful, but to be truly professional and effective they need other qualities. Students may not be able to put their finger on just why one teacher is more effective than another but we need to be able to identify the skills and behavior we require in a true professional.


A professional teacher needs to be confident without being arrogant. Nobody can expect to have all the answers, so if a student asks a real stinker, the professional teacher should be able to admit defeat but offer to find out more for the student. And they must carry that promise out.


Proper preparation is another crucial requirement of professionalism. When the teacher enters the classroom s/he should have all the required materials and the lesson plan ready. Nothing is more sloppy than poor preparation.


Interaction with the group needs professional standards of behavior: polite, firm and fair just about sum it up. And in orchestrating the class the teacher must give everyone their chance to contribute and should be flexible enough to modify lessons if they are obviously not going on plan. Indeed a fall-back position is part of good planning.


It stands to reason also that teacher must observe punctuality and appropriate tidiness and dress code: it is not possible to demand such behavior from students if the teacher doesnt set the standards. Indeed I can remember occasions on which students have complained to me about scruffy teachers.



Some experts and  teachers say that in order to become one of the good teachers that influence their student’s lives, you are not just an educator and coach, you become psychologists, mind readers and even drill sergeants.  Dedication, of course, is important.  You would only get to be effective and talented teacher if you really love the profession that you have chosen. 


Not only do you have to be academically prepared, you should also be emotionally prepared.  As a teacher, academic teaching is not the only that you do.  They would come to your for advice and guidance, and you should be prepared to help them in different matters. 


Teachers are not only educators,  they do not just teach academic subjects and get done with it. Teachers are coaches, they motivate and inspire students to strive better and achieve their goals.  


If you are interested in becoming a teacher, sign up for our FREE workshop: "How to Rapidly Get that International Teaching Job WITHOUT any hassle in as little as 90 Days" to learn more HERE and also check out our 140-hour, internationally-accredited TEFL Tycoon course HERE. PLUS, if you would like to become an international teacher but, you are a bit strapped for cash (because, let's be honest, TEFL courses and traveling overseas are great things to do, but they do cost money!) then check out our Teach & Travel crowdfunding page HERE.


"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher." – Japanese Proverb