Job Title: Teacher
Type of Company: I work for a suburban high school just outside of Durham, North Carolina.
Education: BA, Biology, Radford University M.Ed., Secondary Science Education
Previous Experience: I entered teaching right after college.
Job Tasks: This year I teach two anatomy classes and a biology class. On most days I divide up the work into 30 minute increments. For example, we will go over notes on a particular unit we are studying, have a lab or activity and then have a wrap-up time to review or begin working on an assignment. We vary this routine with videos, group work and assessments.
My second block of time is spent planning in a cubicle in a teacher work room. I grade, plan or contact parents. Also I catch with administrative responsibilities.
Students are dismissed at 2:18, most teachers leave around 4:00, but take home 2 hours of work to complete .
Depending on the day of the week, half of the lunch hour is spent meeting with students, having department meetings or on cafeteria duty. The other half is lunch.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The students and the teaching are the best parts of my job.
The other "administrative stuff" is the worst!
Job Tips: Be sure you have a passion for teaching and that you enjoy young people. Seek out the help of veteran teachers and have a group of friends who are in the same position you're in. Being able to bounce ideas off each other and commiserate is very helpful.
Additional Thoughts: I taught for 6 years and then worked in the private sector for four years. I left that job after my daughter was born and I stayed home with her until she entered first grade. I was so happy to have the opportunity to be able to watch her grow up those first seven years. When she entered first grade, I returned to teaching. It had been eleven years since I'd been inside a classroom and the most amazing thing was the new perspective I had toward my students. From a parent's point of view, I asked myself would I be the type of teacher I would want my child to have? I try to keep that in mind as I teach every day.
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