dcsimg

Career Story: High School Physical Science Teacher

High School Physical Science Teacher

Job Title: High School Science Teacher

Type of Company: I teach in a small high school (530+ students) in central Massachusetts.

Education: BS, Education, Worcester State College (Worcester, MA) •• MS, Education, Simmons College (Boston, MA)

Previous Experience: I taught religion classes for several years and enjoyed working with the students.

Job Tasks: I teach a required Physical Science course and an elective Environmental Science course. I prefer the Environmental classes as students choose these on their own, seem to be more interested in the subject and are always upperclassmen.

Both of my classes involve occasional lab exercises which are fun to do with the students but require a lot of preparation. My classes are sometimes very large (in excess of 25 students can attend) and activities are sometimes chaotic.

Our school runs on a seven-day block schedule rotation, which means each day we miss a period and have a double class usually dropping the class that the block ran for the previous day. My schedule calls on me to teach five classes a day with a tutorial group or a study hall and a period for meetings or preparation.

In addition to teaching my lessons another important part of my day are the meetings and preparation/correction time. There are many weeks where the preparation time exceeds the actual class time!

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is being with the students. Although there is routine, each day is different. My job also provides a lot of "down time," or what some call time off. Much of the time off, though, is spent catching up!

The worst part of my job is correcting student papers. One test can involve two to three hours of correcting time per class, so often my work days can exceed 12-15 hours!

Job Tips: If you decide to pursue a teaching career, take several majors in college. It is good to have several certifications (science, social studies, language). This can make for a more diversified day or offer you some protection if the school you eventually teach at suffers staffing cuts during hard economic times. Also, be sure your technology skills are adequate. The more technologically-literate you are, the easier your work in the classroom will be.

Additional Thoughts: The most important personal quality for success in teaching is you. Your personality is your most important tool. If you enjoy being with people, teaching is a career that you should consider. The rewards are many and the job is ever-changing and never boring!

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

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

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

Which career path will you take – Business, Nursing, Education, Psychology? Something else? GCU offers more than 100 majors to get you started!

  • 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

Ashford University

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

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

  • Programs: Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology, Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Education - Teaching and Learning, more...
  • Degrees: Certificate, Master, Doctorate

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 - Secondary Education, MS in Education - Instructional Technology - Master's Only
  • Degrees: Certificate, 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

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

  • Programs: Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching, Master of Education - TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Master of Education in Teaching & Learning, more...
  • Degrees: Certificate, Master
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:

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 Secondary School Teachers, including:

Back to Top