dcsimg

Career Story: Middle School English Teacher

Middle School English Teacher

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a school district in a suburb of New York City

Education: BA in Education, NYU •• MA in English Education at Hunter College •• Additional 30 credits in various interests such as Shakespeare

Previous Experience: None

Job Tasks: I teach Language Arts in middle school. I have taught seventh to ninth grade but currently teach sixth. I have five classes a day that are all of mixed abilities. I teach YA Lit (Young Adult Literature) and read about 100 books a year because I am always looking for new titles with current themes. A new book I am teaching this year is The Homework Machine. One of my old favorites is Good Night Mr. Tom.

I work in a cluster which means one teacher for each subject area and we all try to work together to reach all of our students. In addition to general subject matter, we do a lot of collaborative activities such as a Greek festival that make learning fun. We happen to work very well together and therefore, we get a lot of wiggle room to experiment.

We are currently working with the Police Department on a self-esteem and courage of your convictions unit. An officer comes in once a week and works with all of our students covering topics like gangs. I also teach old stuff like grammar even using diagramming as part of my curriculum. Lastly, we do lots of writing and the writing model is used in all the disciplines.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I love every part of my job that deals with students. I think that administrators sometimes forget what it was like to be a teacher. Some of their ideas can be unrealistic and they don't like it when they fail. I HATE standardized testing and No Child Left Behind.

Job Tips:
1. Be creative-think outside the box.

2. Be patient.

3. Do as much work or more than you expect your students to do.

Additional Thoughts: I love sixth graders and I never wanted to teach them. They change so much during the year that you get to see the effect you have had on them.

Popular Schools offering English Education Teaching Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: English Second Language - PhD in Education, English Second Language - EdS, English Second Language - Doctor of Education, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate

Concordia University - Portland offers several fully online 14-month Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs and a fully online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program.

  • Programs: M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (K - Adult), M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: English Language Development, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

  • Programs: M.Ed. Teaching & Learning: History, AA in Education (Non-Licensure), CERT: Preschool, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Associate, Certificate

Pursue your education at Pacific Oaks College.

  • Programs: Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, M.A. Education with Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, M.A. Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.

  • Programs: English as a Second Language (Certificate Only) - Online, English as a Second Language (MEd plus Certification) - Online, English as a Second Language (Master of Education) - Online, more...
  • Degrees: Certificate, Master

Concordia University, Nebraska offers accredited Master of Education and Master of Science degree programs online to help advance your career and become a transformative leader.

  • Programs: M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction with Instructional Technology Leadership Emphasis, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with Curriculum Supervisor Certification, more...
  • Degrees: Master

St. Thomas University offers fully online business and education graduate degrees built on a 50-year tradition of scholastic excellence, community leadership, and faith-focused values.

  • Programs: M.S. in TESOL
  • Degrees: Master
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Middle School Teachers

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Middle School Teachers, including: