A Teaching Career

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Teachers will typically use a classroom to share knowledge with their students, helping them to learn and use concepts in the subjects of math, English, science, geography and history. In an English class, they help students to develop and improve reading skills, as well as writing and grammar. The advancement of computer literacy skills may be part of the curriculum too. Just a few of the duties that they perform include preparing and assigning lessons, meeting with school staff and parents, and developing and administering tests that have to be graded.

Along with the normal class activities, a teaching career may also involve extracurricular activities, such as going with students on field trips, providing assistance with study halls, helping the students with their college or job choices and helping them fill out scholarship forms, as well as participating in educational conferences or workshops. Most of the pre-school and/or kindergarten (and sometimes elementary) teachers are given to one specific class and will teach a number of different subjects to that class. The middle and high school instructors normally concentrate on only one subject and will teach that same subject to many different classes during different times of the day.

Teaching is definitely a very rewarding occupation but it can also be frustrating. This can happen when they have to handle disrespectful or unmotivated students, and possibly worse, violent or unruly ones. Often times this form of education in the public school systems is even more frustrating when you have to deal with large size classes, heavy work loads and sometimes unreasonable parents.

Normally, a teacher who chooses to pursue their career at a private school usually has a smaller class size, more control of the curriculum and the performance standards. Many times students who attend a private school tend to feel more motivated because those schools are sometimes more selective when it comes to their admission policies. Yet no matter if the work environment is a public or private school, quite a bit depends on such factors as the where the school is located, management policies and educational benchmarks. Generally, a teacher works over 40 hours per week once you consider the school duties that are performed outside of the classroom.

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