TEACHING AS A CAREER

Teachers and professors have a wide variety of responsibilities, including developing classroom curricula, teaching courses, proctoring exams and helping guide students toward academic success. Although all teachers have the same basic work functions, their jobs may vary significantly depending on their classroom placement and specialty.

Teachers can choose between several classroom settings, and the students’ age helps determine the direction of their instruction. The most common teaching levels are celementary, middle school, high school, early education, special education and post-secondary education. Some teachers might also choose to work with students in online courses.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers help their students with basic skills, such as reading, math and writing. Some incorporate art and interactive activities to help their young students comprehend subjects. They also teach students basic personal skills, study habits and interpersonal communication skills.

Middle school teachers work with children from the sixth through eighth grades. Most schools have middle school teachers with specific expertise areas such as biology or music. Because children are becoming more advanced and sophisticated learners at this stage, middle school teachers continue to supervise their students and teach them essential life skills, but may push their students a bit harder.