Career Story: Family And Consumer Science Teacher

Family And Consumer Science Teacher

Job Title: Teacher

Education: BS in Home Economics, Stephen F. Austin State University •• Master of Education, Stephen F. Austin State University •• Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Child Development and Family Living, Texas Woman's University

Previous Experience: I worked as a classroom teacher teaching high school homemaking. I worked as a Director of a Teacher Training program called: Alternataive Teacher Certification.

Job Tasks: As a classroom teacher, it is my job to instruct 180 students in curriculum in Family and Consumer Sciences.

I perform my duties in a classroom setting, six classes per day, composed of approximately 30 students each, in 45 minute segments. The particular curriculum areas include: Personal and Family Development, Housing, Nutrition and Food Science, Individual and Family living.

I present curriculum, evaluate student achievement. I also serve as a mentor to students and encourage students to explore career options in related areas.

My job involves having daily personal exchanges with each student, and related school personnel, including school nurse, attendance personnel, office administrator, school administration, security staff, cafeteria personnel and custodial staff.

In presenting a course topic, it is important to ensure that students learn the appropriate vocabulary and are able to adequately and effectively use the vocabulary in communication with fellow classmates and teacher.

My job involves pre-assessment and post-assessment of student knowledge, skills and ability.

The ability to read, write, speak and otherwise effectively communicate in the course subject is vital to being a successful teacher in the classroom. Another important aspect of being a successful teacher is the ability to effectively communicate with parents, grandparents or guardians. The ability to listen to both students and parents is also vital. First through listening and then through empathising, an effective educator can hopefully motivate each and every learner to become involved in the subject coursework to take the learning experience beyond the classroom and into the workplace. Through career exploration, the learner should be able to glimpse a career option that interests him or her.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Best part of my job is the opportunity to communicate with students in a calm, civil and respectful manner. Through these personal exchanges I am able to model and encourage civil behavior, positive communications and respectful demeanor.

The worse part of my job is not being able to personally intervene in the lives of students who are experiencing dire circumstances.

Job Tips:
1. Take as may courses in psychology as possible.

2. Take as many course in social interaction as possible.

3. Work hard to gain exposure to a wide range of socio-economic groups.

4. Work hard to build up and maintain physical fitness in preparation for your work in the classroom.

5. Be thoroughly competent in your course subject in terms of knowledge, skills and abilities.

Additional Thoughts: This is a career area needing highly competent and skilled persons dedicated to ensuring the future of our upcoming generations.

It is important to like children but more important to respect the human spirit.

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