professional teachers are those willing to go extra mile to a point where they work overtime even though the workday formally ends at a certain hour. taking part in activities that maintain and develop competencies and performance, it means keeping your knowledge up to date and becoming an expert in the skills required to do the job and performing to the best of your ability.in closing i then can say a professional teacher is an influential person.CHARACTERISTICS OF A PROFESSIONAL TEACHERRELIABILITYWhen students or colleagues ask for a helping hand, you must reach out to them. part of being reliable is that you provide help on a regular basis .be honest when you can or can’t help, don’t agree to help just to make people go away and stop bothering you when you have no intention or can’t help, rather say no where you can’t.ADAPTABILITYAs a teacher one needs to be able to adapt easily to changing situations, be open to new ideas.
with rapid changes in technology and society you need to be flexible to work through challenging issues and be able to cope when things don’t go as planned, prepare backup, alternative options for lessons. accept new roles and be cooperative and helpful when offered a new role.GOOD COMMUNICATORThe importance of communication involves listening, speaking, reading and writing therefore teachers need to be highly skilled in all the areas to excel in their profession. teachers must be skilled at listening to their students as well as explaining things for the better understanding of their students.COMPETENCEA professional teacher must have the ability to work confidentially, inspire and motivate students, be well prepared for lessons and be punctual.WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL TEACHERget a matric certificateenrol at university for a degree in educationtake part in work integrated learningregister with SACE