Successful teachers, at any school grade, are likely to be ENFJ personality types. ENFJ’s, or sometimes called ‘the mentor’, are forward-thinkers. They enjoy serving the community and can always see the potential in other people. They want to focus on the possibilities of growth for others, which is an absolutely essential quality for school teachers, who must strive to help every student grow.
Accomplishment and mastery
In general, teachers will feel a high sense of accomplishment and mastery when they help students to achieve the correct grades and become the best version of themselves. However, teaching really isn’t an easy job and teachers can face a lot of scrutiny throughout their career. Such scrutiny may be from parents, the students or from educational boards. This might take away some of the sense of accomplishment and mastery.
Meaning and contribution
As mentioned previously, teachers play one of the most important roles in our society. Without middle school teachers, millions of children across the United States would not learn the skills and knowledge they need to be successful and make the best academic and life choices they can. Middle school teachers shape the lives of children and create the future leaders of the world.
In general, middle school teachers will work during school hours when students are present. On occasion, they may have to meet with parents, students and other teachers/teaching assistants before and after school. Teachers will often spend time in the evenings and on weekends grading papers and preparing lessons. Teachers who coach sports or advise clubs generally do so before or after school. Based on this, it could appear that being a teacher doesn’t offer the greatest life fit.
However, most middle school teachers will work a traditional 10-month school year, which means that they have a 2-month break during the summer and a short midwinter break. This leaves them with long holidays (that are grading free!) to spend with family and friends.
Who will thrive?
Teaching requires a lot of patience. To thrive as a teacher, you will also need to have qualities such as:
- The ability to remain calm in stressful situations, as teachers will work under pressure when dealing with difficult children
- Adaptability, as teachers will be faced with constant changes that they must adapt to
- Mental strength, as students can be challenging and difficult and in order to thrive
- The ability to work really hard during school term time, as although teachers have long summers off, they will work long days during term time and must be committed and prepared
- Finally, to thrive as a teacher you must have the genuine passion for education and improving the lives of students. Without this, they may be ok teachers, but they will never thrive and be successful
Who will struggle?
Rather obviously, you will struggle as a teacher if you don’t like children. Similarly, if you have no real passion for education and teaching students the important skills that will set them up for the rest of their life, you may struggle as a middle school teacher. A lack empathy and patience is also not beneficial to teachers, who will have to work with challenging and demanding children. On top of all this, those who do not thrive and enjoy interacting with others will struggle as a teacher, as they have to constantly interact with students, parents and other education staff.