One More Step To Highly Qualified

A psychologist speaking at the Education Leadership Conference says that one of the qualities every teacher needs is charisma.

Beyond just imparting knowledge, teachers have to add sparkle so students absorb and retain information, said Zimbardo. Any teacher can cultivate charisma, Zimbardo added, arguing that, "It’s a perfectable skill. It’s not something people are born with. It just takes a lot of work, commitment, time and passion."

I never thought of charisma as something that could be learned.

He also says teachers need accountability and resources. The former is something teachers must share responsibility for with administration. The later, unfortunately, is one that too many teachers also must provide for themselves.

As to charisma, that’s not what the students in my classes called it. More like weirdness. :-)