Secondary school teachers generally work in a middle school or high school environment and administer lessons to students. This often involves teaching large classes of students, so it is important to show authority and be able to control a large group of people. Some students may have behavioral problems, so it is important not only to help administer coursework, but also to help shape student personality and behavior.
Usually, secondary school teachers will have general guidelines from the school and state regarding what topics and materials must be covered during the school year. However, in order to help students understand the material, it is also important to show some creativity, which may involve using visual aids and breaking down terms into words that are easily understandable. Some students may have difficulty with the coursework, so it may be necessary to determine problems and administer personalized attention so that students can develop a better understanding of the work.
Secondary school teachers assign homework and tests based on the information that has been taught; if students appear to be struggling, it may be necessary to reevaluate the teaching method. A bachelor’s degree is usually a minimum requirement, and it may be necessary to have majored in education, as well. Some schools will hire teachers who do not have degrees if they do have a concentration in relevant subjects within their degree.
Secondary School Teacher Tasks
Instruct via lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects at the post primary level.
Maintain student records.
Create, administer, and grade tests and assignments to measure students' progress.
Establish and enforce behavioral and procedural rules.