No matter what your job is you have to have the tools necessary or else you will not be able to do the job. What are the tools in the toolbox that a teacher needs in order to succeed? It is a very special person that makes a successful teacher. We are not all the same. Some of us touch our students with our enthusiasm for learning, some with their caring and interest in your life, still other teachers allow students to be individuals and express themselves.
No matter what it is that a teacher does that is unique to them, there are a few things that all good teachers have in common. You need to know the curriculum that you are teaching. Be knowledgeable about what you are helping your students to learn. You need patience- with yourself, your coworkers , administration, students and parents. You need to be respected and to give respect to all involved in our students lives. You need to be flexible yet also to be a short and long range planner. You need to be a goal setter and not a quitter. Teachers should continually be students themselves- thinking & learning new things. Finally, you need to truly enjoy working with students.
You don't necessarily need a sense of humor but it is helpful. Not taking yourself too seriously is also a good attribute to have. Your attitude about your students often is mirrored by your students. If you practice what you preach your students will see that you are walking the walk not just talking the talk.
You do not need to have all of the answers. The library, internet, fellow educators and other resources are readily available and if you seek out the answers you will find them. A good teacher with the right tools is a joy to watch in the classroom. Good teachers are individuals that will make a positive impact on thousands of lives.