Job Title: High School Teacher
Type of Company: I work for for a school district on the south shore of Massachusetts.
Education: MA, Education
Previous Experience: I have been a principal and vice-principal for several years after working as a high school math teacher for many years.
Job Tasks: I am a high school math teacher. I teach all high school grades and a variety of different math courses, including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. I arrive at school each day about an hour before it begins. I use that time to prepare for my day, making xerox copies and arranging my classroom. My classes are fifty minutes long and the class size varies from twenty to thirty students. My students' abilities vary, but I need to deal with the class as a whole as well as with each individual student. In class I have to cover a certain amount of content, classroom management, and discipline. I have to keep track of attendance, and grades. I also need to be available to speak with parents in person, by phone, and via email. Sometimes if a teacher is out of school for some reason I may need to cover his class for him. Some days I also have study periods to cover and I always spend time reviewing what I will be teaching that day. What's more, I have to spend a lot of time each evening correcting papers, tests, and preparing for my classes.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is the opportunity to help a student learn new things. Although sometimes it may be a huge challenge, when someone learns something new and grasps a concept, it is very rewarding.
The worst part of my job is dealing with kids who have no interest in learning.
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