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Career Story: High School Science Teacher

High School Science Teacher

Job Title: Science Teacher

Education: BS in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Virginia Tech •• BA in Chemistry, Virginia Tech •• MA Ed. in Education - Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Tech

Previous Experience: I taught for two year at a smaller school elsewhere in the state.

Job Tasks: I currently teach both seventh and eighth grade science at a large secondary school. In seventh grade science, students learn basic life science. A college biology major would be a good candidate for this subject area and grade level. Eighth grade science students study physical science and either a chemistry or physics major would be preferable.

A middle school teacher's responsibilities include teaching five sections of class, with two planning periods. Our school is on block scheduling, so each teacher has approximately two 90-minute classes and a 45-minute class a day. School begins at 7:20 and runs until 2:05. Teachers are expected at hall duty once a day to monitor students between classes. During planning period, meetings with other teacher, counselors, school physiologists, students, or parents are often scheduled. This generally means that teachers often have to plan many of their lessons at home and often spend a lot of time at home grading papers as well. One of the other big expectations of a teacher is to keep both students and parents informed of student progress in class. This included e-mailing and/or calling home when grade updates are available.

During a typical school year, which runs from early September through mid-June, a teacher will come across various other tasks that will be expected of them. These could range from back to school nights to coaching opportunities to planning field trips and other events for students. Overall, all job requirements are meant to aid in the education and development of your students and are worthwhile assignments. Choosing a career in teaching will lead to an exciting and fulfilling career.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of this job is working with students everday. At this age group, they are always changing and are full of engery. The worst part of this job is all the meetings and administrative tasks that sometimes overtake a day. In general, the good far outweigh the bad.

Job Tips: Tip 1: Choose a school where you feel comfortable with the students, teachers, and administration.

Tip 2: Take as many courses to keep you up to date with the content as possible.

Tip 3: Sit back and smile at some of the things that the kids do. Rememeber, they are just kids!

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