Could I Be a Good Teacher?

Raj Chander

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About This Quiz

"Those who can't do, teach. Those who can't teach, teach gym class."

This classic quote is usually told as a joke, but unfortunately, there are a lot of people who actually believe this silly myth. It's one that we should debunk right away, and in fact, it's pretty easy to do — there is a long list of people who taught and also accomplished plenty in every field.

We can start by looking at Albert Einstein, the man who came up with a theory that now forms the foundation of modern physics. Einstein was a lecturer in both the Czech Republic as well as Switzerland before fleeing Europe to avoid the Nazi takeover.

Robert Frost, who wrote one of the most famous poems in the history of the genre, was a teacher, first at the high school level and then at a University in New Hampshire. In music, massive names like Sheryl Crow, Scott Joplin and Sting all worked as educators either before or during their music careers. 

While mulling over this list of people who worked in education, you may be wondering if you have what it takes to be a teacher yourself. Luckily, we can answer that question for you. Sharpen your pencil, put away your devices, and get ready to find out if you are the type who can mold the minds of the youth.

Are you typically more of an early bird or a night owl?

You don't have to work with young children, but many teachers do — how do you feel about being around kids?

How many hours per week do you envision working, on average?

How much do you enjoy public speaking?

Would you say you have pretty good handwriting or chicken scratch?

Do you prefer dressing up for work, or would you rather keep things casual?

How well do you handle emotional people?

Teaching is essentially boiling things down to their simplest form. Do you explain advanced concepts well?

Do you feel comfortable when all of the attention in a room is on you?

Lots of people take jobs mainly for money — how important is financial compensation in your career?

Teachers have to understand how the world is changing to help prepare their students. Do you keep up with new trends in technology?

Would you describe yourself as a fair person?

What would you do if you saw someone being bullied?

Ingenuity is key in education. Are you a creative person?

Teachers have a lot to do and not much time in which to do it. How good at you at switching tasks?

As a teacher, you will be just one part of the "village" raising a child. How well do you work with others?

Are you the one who typically makes plans with your friend group, or goes along with them?

Not everything about teaching is fun and games. How good are you at serious conversations?

Teachers have to do a lot of different types of work in a single day. How good are you at multitasking?

Teachers have to be peppy, even after a long day. Would other people describe you as energetic?

How much do you like planning things months in advance?

Educators have a lot of official regulations to deal with. Do you generally like to follow the rules?

What is the biggest factor that motivates your choice of career?

It's not medical school, but teachers still have to get an advanced degrees. How do you feel about college?

Some teachers have hundreds of students per year. How good are you at remembering names?

How do you feel about punishing people who break the rules?

The learning curve for teachers can be quite steep. How do you handle it when things at a new job don't go right for you the first time?

Do you think it is important for people to continue to develop their professional skills?

Sometimes you have to read between the lines to understand what students are really saying. How well do you listen?

How good are you at staying on a deadline?

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