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Career Story: History Teacher At A High School

History Teacher At A High School

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: School district in Massachusetts.

Education: MA, Teaching, Fitchburg State College

Previous Experience: I taught at two other high schools.

Job Tasks: I teach history to students in the 9-12 grades. Classes include US History, World History, Economics, Politics, Government, Social Sciences but differ every year. I also teach study skills, note taking, and project-based learning.

A typical day consists of five 50 minute classes that are made up of lectures, question-and-answer periods and some reflective time at the end of each session. The students at my high school are affluent and expect to go to college. I hope to challenge the students daily and get them to absorb as much historical evidence as possible in a 50 minute period. The kids are forced to write every day and to communicate verbally as well to hone skills they will use later in life. The kids are also expected to produce quality papers and presentations throughout the school year. The goal of these assignments is to help them use technology for something other than IM communication.

I meet with administrators on a regular basis to make suggestions on issues of concern within our school. It appears that our administration team is more concerned with public relations with parents and keeping the community happy than in promulgating rules that would help the student body and eliminate some of the discipline problems that exist in the high school.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Working with high school kids is great because every day is different and every kid brings something unique to class. No two days are ever the same and when a student "gets it" and you can see it on their face - a real sense of accomplishment hits me. Even the "bad" days have flashes of humor or brilliance to keep the day going.

Job Tips:
1. Enjoy every day and know what you are teaching.

2. Look for the best in everyone you come in contact with, students and teachers. They may have hidden talents that you will not see so ask what the students are into. Teachers who've been around awhile will have helpful hints and advice that may prove useful.

3. Get involved with extracurricular activities, so students get to know you.

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