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Secondary School Teacher  What They Do

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Secondary School Teachers Career Video

Teaches one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies, to students in public or private school at the secondary level. May be designated according to subject matter specialty, such as typing instructors, commercial teachers, or English teachers.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching and Training pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  • Instructs through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
  • Adapts teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Maintains accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Enforces all administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Assigns and grades class work and homework.
  • Prepares materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Observes and evaluates students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Plans and conducts activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Prepares, administers, and grades tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

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