dcsimg

Career Story: Biology Teacher At A Private High School

Biology Teacher At A Private High School

Job Title: High School Biology Teacher

Type of Company: I work in a private day school for grades 7 though 12.

Education: AB, Zoology, Connecticut College •• Ph.D., Biology, University of Pennsylvania

Previous Experience: I held a teaching assistantship while I was in graduate school, took a teaching internship at a nature center and taught in a summer science program for young children.

Job Tasks: My primary responsibility is to design and teach a year-long Biology course to high school sophomores at a small, private day school for grades 7-12. I have chosen a textbook and develop lessons that enhance the material given in the reading. This involves thinking of good discussion questions to motivate students and planning interactive information packets to help students process the material.

To keep myself up to speed on new advances in Biology, I read "Science" and "Science News" magazines and sometimes participate in teacher training workshops in my hometown or on college campuses during the summer.

I plan and prepare for weekly labs in each of my three sections of the course. I train the students in how to write lab reports. I write quizzes and tests, and I spend quite a bit of time grading and commenting on lab reports, quizzes, and tests.

My students all do individual research projects which result in reports, display boards, and presentations at our school's own science fair. I coach many of the projects at school and find professional scientist to act as mentors for students who ask for this. I also help to recruit and train judges for the science fair. In other words, I help the students get ready for the science fair, and I help get the science fair set up for the students.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is working closely with students. This is easiest during the independent research projects when students ask for individual guidance in choosing a topic, designing an experiment, finding materials, making graphs, and writing about the results. I also enjoy planning ways to keep the students interested in the subject on a daily basis.

The part of the job I like least is writing formal progress reports for each student three times a year. While writing each report is interesting, writing for forty students takes many hours and can become tedious.

Job Tips: To be an effective high school teacher it is important to know your subject well. So, to best prepare to teach high school Biology, major in Biology.

To be a good high school teacher, you need to have good interpersonal skills. You will need to communicate with parents, other teachers, and administrators, as well as with students. Practice thinking about situations from the perspective of the other person.

Teaching is very different in different kinds of schools. Visit private and public schools of different sizes and philosophies to find out what suits you.

Additional Thoughts: The thing that surprised me the most about teaching Biology as I became more experienced was that the job was not so much about presenting material to students as it was about communicating with them, which means listening and answering questions enthusiastically, not just organizing and and making facts available. The more interactive my classes are, the more the students enjoy them, and I believe they learn better that way.

Popular Schools offering Science 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

There's still time to apply to Grand Canyon University and pursue your education. Learn more today!

  • Programs: M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, M.A. in Gifted Education, M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor

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: Science, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies, M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education, more...
  • Degrees: Master

100% Online & No Standardized Testing

  • Programs: Doctor of Education: Curriculum and Instruction, Education Specialist: Curriculum and Instruction/Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education in Interdisciplinary Studies, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Bachelor, Master

Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017

  • Programs: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (Master of Education) - Online, Technology Education (Master of Education) - Online
  • Degrees: Master

Ashford University

  • Programs: Education, Technology & Online Learning - Bachelors, Education, Technology & Online Learning - Masters, Higher Education - Bachelors, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

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

Pursue your education at Pacific Oaks College.

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

Since 1977, Keiser University has provided quality student-centered, career-focused education.

  • Programs:
  • Degrees:

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
  • Degrees: Master

At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.

  • Programs: Master of Education - TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Master of Education in Teaching & Learning, Master of Education (M.ED.), more...
  • Degrees: Master, Certificate
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Secondary 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:

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 Secondary School Teachers, including:

Back to Top