Finding the right teacher is critical for a school!

It’s no secret that the quality of education provided by international schools is directly linked to the quality of their teachers. Finding the right teacher who is a good fit for an international school can make all the difference in creating an environment where students can thrive and excel. What do international schools look for in a teacher?

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Do you know the deal breaker?

Schools usually hire teachers who contribute to a positive school culture over those who don’t. Teachers with a range of ‘soft skills‘. Such teachers share the school’s vision and mission, are passionate about their work, and are dedicated to creating a supportive and respectful learning environment.

A positive school culture is built on a foundation of positivity, respect, and inclusivity. This can enhance the learning experience for both students and teachers. The right teacher can help create a positive school culture that fosters a love of learning and encourages student engagement.  The right teacher can build a school culture that promotes student growth and success. Read why Henry Ford of the Ford motor company chose one candidate over another here.

They create a ripple effect, inspiring students to be their best selves and fostering a sense of belonging among everyone in the school community.

How to know what schools are looking for

Consider the following ‘soft skills’ if you’re interested in working as an international school teacher. Do you –

  1. Listen to others’ opinions.What do international schools look for in a teacher? Search Associates ANZ Someone in a white coat choosing a smily face over sad faces
  2. Work well as part of a team.
  3. Avoid gossiping or complaining about other teachers/administrators (white-anting).
  4. Impact school morale and climate positively.
  5. Have a good relationship with students, teachers, parents, and administrators.
  6. Tolerate frustration (working internationally will test you in many ways!).
  7. Communicate openly with others, even when not in agreement.
  8. Have a good sense of humor and a positive outlook.
  9. Are adaptable.
  10. React well to decisions you don’t like or constructive criticism.
  11. Are energetic and enthusiastic about all school activities.
  12. Have a strong work ethic and a high level of professionalism.

“It’s one thing for teachers to know the content very well, to be able to manage behaviour, but if they’re not motivated and have low levels of self-efficacy – they don’t feel they can do the job – that can really defeat the teacher, and that can make the teaching quality actually very poor,” Steven Teng 

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International schools also hire teachers who

  • Meet the Diverse Needs of Students

International schools cater to a diverse range of students, each with their own learning styles, languages, and cultural backgrounds. To meet the needs of such a diverse student body, it’s essential to have a teaching staff that is equally diverse and adaptable. A good teacher will be able to tailor their teaching methods to suit the needs of individual students and create a classroom environment that is inclusive and welcoming for all.

  • Nurture a Global Perspective

One of the key benefits of an international education is exposure to different cultures and perspectives. A good teacher can help students develop a global perspective, encouraging them to learn about and appreciate the differences that make our world so rich and varied. Many schools aim to create an environment that celebrates cultural exchange and diversity.

  • Drive Student Success

The ultimate goal of any school is to help students succeed. A good teacher can make all the difference in driving student success, whether it’s through inspiring lectures, creative lesson plans, or personalized attention. A great teacher can help students achieve their full potential, boosting their academic performance and preparing them for a successful future.

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Along with content knowledge and being able to manage behavior, soft skills are very important for teachers; they need the whole package to manage everything!

If you are a teacher who is committed to building a positive school culture, we want to hear from you. We are looking for passionate, skilled, and committed educators who want to make a difference in the lives of students all over the world.

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