Many schools only have basic requirements for hiring a teacher. Generally, they are expected to have their teaching certificate, a degree, and pass a background check. This may, indeed, qualify a person to become a teacher, but not necessarily the most effective teacher they could potentially be. The best modern teachers – the ones who consistently show the most learning gains among their students – are the ones who go beyond their degree and develop some other very important skills.
Some of these skills can be learned in a classroom, while others must be developed through personal experience. For some, these skills come naturally. For others, it may take months or even years to really obtain a high proficiency. Either way, these are important components of a teacher’s arsenal.
Read the entire article by John Perkins on Edudemic at http://www.edudemic.com/skills-modern-teachers/.