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The traits of super teachers

There is no such thing as a super teacher. But if one did exist, what abilities would they exhibit? John Dabell looks at some of the traits of great teachers and urges all teachers to reject imposter syndrome and recognise their many talents...

Teaching is technically, physically and mentally demanding. Although all the complex component skills can be studied, isolated, practised, and ultimately improved upon, the real teaching bit is hard to get right because our personalities get in the way.

Don’t you just hate “those” teachers. You know the ones I mean. Seemingly genetically blessed, they have that knack for teaching and make it look all so easy. Is there a special factory making these limited editions? They have the knack whereas most of us are just knackered and regularly burst into tears at the weekend.

Teachers with a flair for the job can make us feel inadequate because they seem to be fitted with pedagogical “super powers” and can turn their hands and minds to anything, whatever the classroom weather.

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