A middle school teacher usually teaches children who are between 11 and 14 years old. Sometimes, the teacher may be expected to oversee 30 children or more. The teacher will create lessons plans based on syllabi from the school or guidelines from the state being taught in.
Much of the work of a teacher is often done outside of the classroom, preparing for classes. The teacher will provide lessons in a manner that fulfills basic requirements but that will grip the attention and understanding of a child. This requires a great deal of creativity. The teacher will administer homework on a weekly or daily basis. Every so often, tests will be given to the students to measure their understanding and to administer grades and progress reports. Grading of papers including tests, homework, and class activities will need to be done. If a large part of the class seems to be struggling with the material, it may be necessary to reteach it in a different manner or to provide individual help. Since this age is a transitioning time between early childhood and the teenage years, it is important to be understanding and patient. When behavioral or educational problems are very disruptive, it may be necessary to have extra communication with parents to resolve them.
Usually, a middle school teacher should have a bachelor’s degree in education. It is also important to be educated about the subject being taught to teach it proficiently.
Middle School Teacher Tasks
- Create and prepare materials for student activities.
- Grade student tests and assignments, and maintain accurate student records according to laws and school regulations.
- Teach students in public or private schools at middle or junior high level.
- Adjust teaching methods according to individual student needs.