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Career Story: School Teacher

School Teacher

Job Title: Teacher

Education: B.S. Indiana University •• M.S. Wright State University

Previous Experience: I taught Sunday School.

Job Tasks: A teacher's job includes many and varied duties. There is always paperwork and that obligation is becoming even more detailed. The main focus, of course, is the students. Not just their academic education, but the day to day emotional support has become an ever growing part of the responsibility of teaching. Teaching is evolving into educating the whole child much more so than it used to be.

Everyday is different in teaching. That is where it is essential to be flexible. There is no standard day. Every day must be looked at as a new adventure because anything can (and does) happen.

Most students do want to learn what it is that the teacher is trying to present to them. However there are always one or two whose intention it is to appear bored or absolutely not interested in anything that the teacher presents. The challenge is to try to motivate these particular students to some level of interest while maintaining the interests of the entire class.

Teachers must be prepared for the daily tasks (i.e. have anything that the students might need ready). Also a teacher has to be knowledgeable in their field of presentation (not just the subject they happen to be teaching.) Keeping current on developments is essential to being able to sufficiently educate students.

In today's world of education parents play a much greater role. Whereas twenty years ago parents allowed and believed that the school was in charge of the education of the students, today the parents believe that they know and understand better how to educate the students. They do not hesitate to let the schools know their feelings.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of teaching is the rapport with the students. Hearing from students years later with comments about how you impacted their lives makes everything worthwhile.

The worst part of the job is dealing with parents who truly think that they know best about how to grade work and how to present material to the class.

Job Tips: Teaching is usually something that must be instinctive. As much as it is important to keep current on the many roles of a teacher, the basic tenet is to want to teach. It is the big divider between doing a good job and not. No good teacher looks at teaching as a job.

Additional Thoughts: Teaching has become a changing career. It is difficult to understand the myriad of tasks that are now expected of every teacher. It is also the most rewarding of occupations.

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