Ross from Friends says,

Teachers use essential soft skills (non-technical skills) in the classroom, such as:

  • empathy and emotional skills

  • effective communication, collaboration, and teamwork

  • critical thinking and problem-solving

When I think about my school years, at least two of my former teachers come to my mind who could have used some tips on how essential soft skills for teachers can transform teaching and impact student success.

What about you? Have you ever had a teacher that was not only good at teaching but also connected with the students?

Using the example of a teacher I'll name Rachel, let's explore the use of essential soft skills in the classroom that favor student success.

1. Be empathetic

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Can you imagine a classroom where students feel truly seen and understood?

  • Actively listen to your students' concerns, questions, and ideas.

  • Empathy allows you to address disciplinary issues with a focus on understanding, guidance, and problem-solving rather than punishment.

  • Teach students to understand and appreciate the perspectives and feelings of others.


Rachel has a student who has been struggling with her grades lately. He seems visibly upset and distant during class. What should Rachel do in this situation to demonstrate empathy and support?

2. Use effective communication

Be clear and direct when communicating ideas and instructions to your students.

A woman teaching a Masterclass says,

  • Use different teaching methods and adapt your communication style to cater to diverse learning needs.

  • Encourage students to express their thoughts and opinions, and provide constructive feedback.


Rachel is introducing a new concept to her class, and a student raises their hand to ask for clarification. How should Sarah respond to ensure effective communication? Select all that apply:

3. Use the soft skills of collaboration and teamwork

Collaboration and teamwork are essential soft skills for creating a cooperative learning environment.

  • Promote collaboration among students by incorporating group work, projects, and discussions.

  • Assign tasks that require cooperation and problem-solving, allowing students to develop their teamwork and interpersonal skills.

The Great Gatsby holds up a champagne glass. He says,


Rachel has assigned a group project that requires students to work in teams. However, one group is facing challenges collaborating effectively. What would she do in this situation to promote collaboration and resolve conflicts? Select all that apply.

4. Encourage critical thinking and problem-solving

An old chessboard with human-like characters as pieces. Photo by Lou Levit on Unsplash

Critical thinking and problem-solving in the classroom cultivate a culture of inquiry, exploration, and active learning.

We want to empower our students to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and problem solvers, don't we?

These essential soft skills go beyond academic success and contribute to their overall personal and professional development.

  • Encourage students to move beyond simple recall and rote memorization. Promote deeper understanding, analysis, and evaluation of information.

  • Incorporate activities that require thinking outside the box, generating multiple solutions, and exploring alternative perspectives.


Here's Rachel again, preparing a project-based assignment for her students. She wants to foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills. How would she approach the assignment to promote these skills?

Take Action

Roman Roy from Succession says,

How will you apply these essential soft skills for teachers in your classroom?


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