My Education: BS in Mathematics, University of Florida
My Prior Experience: I worked as a math tutor in college.
My Company: I work for a school district in rural Ocala, FL.
Job/Career Overview: I teach math to high school students in grades 9 through 12. I am responsible for planning the daily lessons each day and delivering the lessons to the students. I also look over the students' work and help them to find the correct answer, or to correct their mistakes. I write quizzes and tests on the information that I teach in class, and after having the students take these quizzes or tests, I grade them and provide feedback. I must keep accurate records of the lessons that I teach, as well as accurate records of the students' grades.
I am responsible for documenting the attendance of students as well as their behavior. It is necessary that I contact the parents of students who are having attendance problems, low grades, or have behavior issues. If necessary, I will meet with parents in conferences. I must enforce the school rules in my classroom, and document and report any behavior that breaks the school rules or the law.
The lessons I prepare must meet the state mandated criteria for the courses that I teach. My students are required to take a comprehensive test at the end of the year and I am required to make sure that the students are prepared for the exam and are successful when they take it.
On a typical workday I spend about one hour in the morning planning for the day. Then I teach six 45 minute classes (taking a 25 minute break for lunch). During class time I give notes to students, answer questions, and help with problems. At the end of the day I have 45 minutes to clean up my room, grade papers, enter grades, or contact parents.
I rate this career 7 out of 10.
The best part of my job is the fact that I get to teach a subject that I enjoy and share it with young people. I also have the opportunity to influence young people to go to college and strive for a career they enjoy.
Teaching is a very tiring job. I must be teaching or walking around the room and helping during the entire class period. I only have about an hour to grade papers, call parents etc. This means a lot of work gets taken home to be finished. I do not get paid for the time I work at home, and it keeps me from spending time with my family.
If you are hired by a school make sure you pay close attention to the procedures. There is always a "right way" to do things, but they are often different at each school.
Be a role model for your students. Show them respect and get them to respect you. Do not be their "friend."
If you don't know something, be honest. Don't make something up. Explain that you will get the information for them. This shows that the teacher isn't a "know-it-all" and shows the student that even the teacher can (and should) keep learning.