My Education: BA, Education, Bridgewater State College MS, Technology, Framingham State College
My Prior Experience: I started working as a permanent substitute after college graduation.
My Company: I am a high school teacher in a suburb of Boston.
Job/Career Overview: I teach English in a public high school. I start each day at 7:35 and end it at 2:45. This year I teach four 11th grade classes and one 12th grade class. I am responsible for taking attendance each period and for planning each class.
At the beginning of each class, I prepare a warm-up activity. The juniors copy an SAT "Question of the Day," which is displayed on my Smartboard, into their notebooks. While they do this, I take attendance. Next, we solve the question and then move onto the agenda for the day. I end each period with a review of the lesson and the homework assignment for the night.
Another part of my job is assessing student learning. I grade essays and tests. Sometimes I attend meetings with other teachers to discuss student progress. This year I am using a new computer program that calculates grades. It takes time to enter all of the grades.
Teaching is a great career, but in order to be successful, a candidate must be creative, patient and diligent.
I rate this career 10 out of 10.
The best part of my job is working with teenagers. I love their idealism and energy. I love when they read a novel and fall in love with the characters. I also love using technology to increase student knowledge. I constantly create PowerPoint presentations to show on my Smartboard.
The worst part of my job is the timing. I have to wake up each morning at 6AM. I wish school could start at 8AM.
I would encourage anyone considering teaching as a career to visit different high schools and observe master teachers. Also, working as a substitute will help you gain classroom management skills. It is also important to have an open mind. Teachers are responsible for many tasks during the day. A high school teacher is responsible for approximately 100 students, whereas an elementary school teacher is responsible for 25 students.