2 IntroductionI chose the career of teacher because I love children and I love learning.The career of teaching offers unique and special opportunities and experiences.
3 What They DoTeachers provide the tools and the environment for their students to develop into responsible adults.Teachers act as facilitators or coaches, using classroom presentations or individual instruction to help students learn and apply concepts in subjects such as science, mathematics, or English.Middle school teachers and secondary school teachers help students delve more deeply into subjects introduced in elementary school and expose them to more information about the world.
4 Work EnvironmentMost teachers work in classrooms. Other teachers work in science labs, gymnasiums, and computer labs.In addition to school-time, teachers spend many evening and weekend hours preparing lesson plans and grading assignments.Most teachers work a 10-month school year, with 2 months off during the summer. However, many of them use this time to take continuing education courses to upgrade their skills and to prepare for the following school year.
5 Education and Training The traditional route to becoming a public school teacher involves completing a bachelor’s degree from a teacher education program and then obtaining a license.In addition to being knowledgeable about the subjects they teach, teachers must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate students, as well as understand the students’ educational and emotional needs.With additional preparation, teachers may move into such positions as school librarians, reading specialists, instructional coordinators, guidance counselors, or administrators.
6 Job Seeking Skills and Resources RésuméJob ApplicationsCollege TranscriptsLetters of RecommendationInterviewsThank You LettersInternet Resources such as Monster.com
7 Pay and BenefitsMedian annual earnings of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers ranged from $47,100 to $51,180; the lowest 10 percent earned $30,970 to $34,280; the top 10 percent earned $75,190 to $80,970.According to the American Federation of Teachers, beginning teachers with a bachelor's degree earned an average of $33,227.The estimated average salary of all public elementary and secondary school teachers was $47,602.Getting a master’s degree or national certification often results in a raise in pay.Benefits include life insurance, healthcare insurance, sick leave, etc.
8 Job OutlookEmployment of preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers is projected to grow about as fast as average.In certain school districts, job prospects for teachers are favorable for high demand fields, like math, science, and bilingual education, or in less desirable urban or rural school districts.However, due to the bad economy and less tax revenue, teaching jobs are being cut in many states.
9 Similar OccupationsPreschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and secondary school teaching requires a variety of skills and aptitudes, including a talent for working with children; organizational, administrative, and recordkeeping abilities; research and communication skills; the power to influence, motivate, and train others; patience; and creativity.Workers in other occupations requiring some of these aptitudes include college professors, counselors, teacher assistants, administrators, librarians, childcare workers, public relations specialists, social workers, athletes, coaches, referees, and umpires.
10 Volunteering and Recreation Community ServiceCharitiesChurchWalkingTennisFishingSailing
11 Personal Plans and Lifestyle MarriedTwo sonsFour dogsTwo catsDriving a 2004 Chrysler PT CruiserLiving in a three-bedroom, vinyl-siding home in Statesville, NCEnjoys traveling
12 ConclusionPublic school teachers must be licensed, which typically requires a bachelor’s degree and completion of an approved teacher education program.Many States offer alternative licensing programs to attract people into teaching, especially for hard-to-fill positions.Information on licensure or certification requirements and approved teacher training institutions is available from local school systems and state departments of education.
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