Ghormley says there are “dispositional skills” that successful elementary teachers share. These include:
- Conflict resolution
College of Education Dean Pamela Roggeman says “with-it-ness” is another way to think about dispositional skills. “Teachers often have these or they don’t,” she says.
Take dedication, for example. “Contrary to some beliefs that teachers work 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with summers off, you don’t. You work nights and weekends and your sole reason for doing it is you want to help kids. That’s dedication,” she says.
Logsdon says adaptability and confidence have been critical in his first three years as a teacher. “I have learned that a kid might be off task, or something might come that requires I be super flexible in teaching my lesson,” he says.