Personality Traits That Help Teachers and Students Succeed

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I believe that personality traits are a combination of characteristics that are innate to us as individuals as well as characteristics that develop out of specific life experiences. I am a firm believer that the personality trait makeup of a person goes a long way in determining how successful they are. 

There are certain personality traits that help teachers and students succeed. Success may mean different things for different people.

  Teachers and students who hold the majority of the following characteristics are almost always successful no matter how success is defined.

Adaptability – The ability to handle a sudden change without making it a distraction.

How Does this Trait Benefit Students? Students who have this trait can handle sudden adversity without letting academics suffer.

How Does this Trait Benefit Teachers? Teachers who have this trait are quickly able to make adjustments that minimize distractions when things do not go according to plan.

Conscientious – The ability to complete a task meticulously with efficiency and of the highest quality.

Students: Students who have this trait can produce high-quality work on a consistent and regular basis.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait are extremely organized, efficient, and provide their students with quality lessons or activities on a daily basis.

Creativeness – The ability to think outside the box to solve a problem.

Students: Students who have this trait can think critically and are adept problem solvers.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait are able to use their creativeness to build a classroom that is inviting to students, to create lessons that are engaging, and they figure out how to incorporate strategies to individualize lessons for every student.

Determination – The ability to fight through adversity without giving up to accomplish a goal.

Students: Students who have this trait are goal orientated, and they do not let anything get in the way of accomplishing those goals.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait figure out a way to get their job done. They do not make excuses. They find ways to reach even the most difficult student through trial and error without giving up.

Empathy – The ability to relate to another person even though you may not share similar life experiences or problems.

Students: Students who have this trait can relate to their classmates. They are not judgmental or condescending.  Instead, they are supportive and understanding.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait can look beyond the walls of their classroom to assess and meet their students’ needs. They recognize that some students live a difficult life outside of school and try to figure out solutions for helping those students.

ForgivingThe ability to move beyond a situation in which you were wronged without feeling resentment or holding a grudge.

Students: Students who have this trait will be able to let things go that could potentially serve as a distraction when they have been wronged by someone else.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait can work closely with administrators, parents, students, or other teachers who may have created an issue or controversy that was potentially detrimental to the teacher.

Genuineness – The ability to demonstrate sincerity through actions and words without hypocrisy.

Students: Students who have this trait are well-liked and trusted. They have many friends and are often looked upon as leaders in their classroom.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait are viewed as highly professional. Students and parents buy into what they are selling, and they are often highly regarded by their peers.

Graciousness – The ability to be kind, courteous, and thankful when dealing with any situation.

Students: Students who have this trait are popular among their peers and well-liked by their teachers.

People are drawn to their personality. They often go out of their way to help others any time an opportunity arises.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait are well respected. They are invested in their school beyond the four walls of their classroom. They volunteer for assignments, help other teachers when needed, and even find ways to assist needy families in the community.

Gregarious – The ability to socialize with and relate to other people.

Students: Students who have this trait work well with other people. They are known as a people person capable of making a connection with just about anyone. They love people and are often the center of the social universe.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait can build strong, trusting relationships with their students and families. They take the time to make real connections that often extend beyond the walls of the school. They can figure out a way to relate to and carry on a conversation with just about any personality type.

Grit – The ability to be strong in spirit, to be courageous, and brave.

Students: Students who have this trait battle through diversity, stand up for others and are strong minded individuals.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait will do anything to be the best teacher they can be. They will not let anything get in the way of educating their students. They will make difficult decisions and will be an advocate for students when necessary.

Independence – The ability to work through problems or situation on your own without requiring assistance from others.

Students: Students who have this trait do not rely on other people to motivate them to accomplish a task. They are self-aware and self-driven. They can accomplish more academically because they do not have to wait on other people.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait can take good ideas from other people and make them great. They can come up with solutions to potential problems on their own and to make general classroom decisions without consultation.

Intuitiveness – The ability to understand something without reason simply through instinct.

Students: Students who have this trait can sense when a friend or a teacher is having a bad day and can try and improve the situation.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait can tell when students are struggling to grasp a concept. They can quickly assess and adapt the lesson so that more students understand it. They are also able to sense when a student is going through personal adversity.

Kindness – The ability to help others without an expectation of getting anything in return.

Students: Students who have this trait have many friends. They are generous and thoughtful often going out of their way to do something nice.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait are very popular. This can help a teacher built a reputation upon kindness. Many students will come into class looking forward to having a teacher with a reputation for being kind.

Obedience – The ability to comply with a request without questioning why it needs to be done.

Students: Students who have this trait are well thought of by their teachers.

They are typically compliant, well-behaved, and seldom a classroom discipline problem.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait can build a trusting and cooperative relationship with their principal.

Passionate – The ability to get others to buy into something due to your intense feelings or fervent beliefs.

Students: Students who have this trait are easy to motivate. People will do anything for something about which they are passionate. Taking advantage of that passion is what good teachers do.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait are easy for students to listen to. Passion sells any topic, and a lack of passion can lead to failure. Teachers who are passionate about their content are more likely to produce students who become passionate as they learn more about the content.

Patience– The ability to sit idly and wait on something until the timing is perfect.

Students: Students who have this trait understand that sometimes you have to wait your turn. They are not deterred by failure, but instead view failure as an opportunity to learn more. Instead, they reevaluate, find another approach, and try again.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait understand that the school year is a marathon and not a race. They understand that each day presents its challenges and that their job is to figure out how to get every student from point A to point B as the year progresses.

Reflective – The ability to look back at a point in the past and draw lessons from it based on the experience.

Students: Students who have this trait take new concepts and mesh them with previously learned concepts to strengthen their core learning. They can figure out ways in which the new knowledge is applicable to real life situations.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait are continuously growing, learning and improving. They reflect on their practice every day making continuous changes and improvements. They are always looking for something better than what they have.

Resourceful – The ability to make the most of what you have available to solve a problem or make it through a situation.

Students: Students who have this trait can take the tools they have been given and to make the most out of their ability. They can get the most bang for their buck.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait can maximize the resources they have at their school. Their able to make the most out of the technology and curricula that they have at their disposal. They make do with what they have.

Respectful – The ability to allow others to do and be their best through positive and supportive interactions.

Students: Students who have this trait can work cooperatively with their peers. They respect the opinions, thoughts, and feelings of everyone around them. They are sensitive to everyone and try to treat everyone as they want to be treated.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait understand that they must have positive and supportive interactions with every student. They maintain the dignity of their students at all times and create an atmosphere of trust and respect in their classroom.

Responsible – The ability to be accountable for your actions and to carry out tasks that have been assigned in a timely manner.

Students: Students who have this trait can complete and turn in every assignment on time. They follow a prescribed schedule, refuse to give in to distractions, and stay on task.

Teachers: Teachers who have this trait are trustworthy and valuable assets to the administration. They are regarded as professional and often asked to help out in areas where there is a need. They are highly reliable and dependable.

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