dcsimg

Career Story: Sixth Grade English Teacher At A Suburban School

Sixth Grade English Teacher At A Suburban School

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a public school in Foxboro, Ma.

Education: BA, History, Siena College •• M.Ed., Boston College

Previous Experience: I worked as a teacher's assistant while getting my Master's degree.

Job Tasks: I am a sixth grade teacher in a local middle school that serves students in grades five through eight. I teach English language arts two times a day, to two separate groups of kids. I also teach one period of social studies a day. Our sixth grade works in two-person teams: while I'm teaching one group English, my teaching partner teaches math and science. We both teach social studies to our homerooms, which is world geography in sixth grade. We feel that working with smaller groups of kids makes it easier to get to know them, which is beneficial to kids at this age.

We also have many other responsibilities during the school day. Answering parent e-mails is a relatively new responsibility for teachers, but this can take up a chunk of my day. I also serve on the building-based support team. This is a group in which teachers can discuss students who are facing academic or behavioral difficulties. We discuss these kids with teachers, guidance staff, and administration and try to think of ways to help them. Another one of responsibilities is working in curriculum groups. We look at the materials that we have to teach with and check that they are current and meet the state standards. Correcting papers is a large piece of the job that is usually done after school or at night.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is getting to know and work with the kids in the classroom on a daily basis. There are times that you will have had several kids from the same family and it is nice to build a relationship with them over the years.

The worst part of the job is having to spend so much of my own time correcting papers.

Job Tips: One piece of advice that I would give to someone who wants to enter teaching is to be sure of the age level that you would like. Middle school is vastly different from high school or elementary school. Another piece of advice that I would give is to try to look at an area that is in need of teachers: high school math of science, for example.

Popular Schools offering English Education Teaching Programs

quickinfoClick the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .

Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school

Matching School Ads

Want to be a Teacher or Educational Administrator? Learn why GCU could be the best place to start!

  • Programs: B.A. in English for Secondary Education, M.S. in Instructional Technology, M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

Ashford University

  • Programs: BA in English, ESL/TESOL - Bachelors, ESL/TESOL - Masters, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

We are committed to helping you achieve your goals and complete your degree as quickly as possible.

  • Programs: MA Teaching: Middle Grades, M.Ed. - Teaching and Learning, M. Ed. in Teaching & Learning in Education Technology, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) offers career relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners.

  • Programs: MS - Teaching and Learning
  • Degrees: Master

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, Master

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: Environmental Education, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

  • Programs: Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology
  • Degrees: Master

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has been developing the minds and abilities of men and women in a challenging academic environment steeped in the enriching Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care of the entire person).

  • Programs: Online Accelerated Teaching Certification , MS in Education - Instructional Technology - Master's Only, MS in Education - Secondary Education
  • Degrees: Certificate, Master

Advance your teaching career with an online master's degree from University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.

  • Programs: Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Degrees: Master

Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.

  • Programs: Instructional Design & Technology
  • 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:

Back to Top