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Many of the jobs posted on the CathNews jobs portal relate to education and schools.

But what are our Catholic schools looking for in teaching staff?

Here are five top tips for what it takes to be a high-quality teacher.

  1. Strong communication skills: A good teacher can explain complex concepts clearly and concisely. They can adapt their communication style to different students’ learning needs and effectively listen to understand student questions and concerns.
  2. Passion and enthusiasm: A teacher’s passion for their subject matter is contagious and can ignite a love of learning in students. Enthusiasm creates a positive and engaging classroom environment where students feel excited to participate.
  3. Patience and empathy: Learning doesn’t always happen at the same pace, and a good teacher understands that. They are patient with students who struggle and show empathy for their challenges. This creates a safe space for students to ask questions and take risks without fear of judgement.
  4. Adaptability and creativity: No two classes are exactly alike. A good teacher can adapt their teaching methods to cater to different learning styles and unexpected situations. They are also creative in finding ways to make learning fun and engaging.
  5. Commitment to growth: The best teachers are lifelong learners. They are constantly seeking new ways to improve their teaching skills and stay up-to-date on the latest educational practices. They also encourage their students to be curious and embrace a growth mindset.

    Make sure you mention these qualities, and practical examples of how you meet them, when writing your job application.