How to Get a Job as a Middle School Teacher
Aside from communication and instructional skills, patience and endurance are essential for anyone interested in pursing a career in middle-level education. And a little self-criticism goes a long way, Poliseno says. “Teaching is such a series of failures and successes, and being able to stay positive within those and highlight your successes and learn from your failures year after year, and sometimes day after day, is important.” Strong content knowledge and a solid understanding of how students learn are other indispensable skills.
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What is the Job Like?
Middle school teachers generally work Monday through Friday, but their often work goes beyond basic classroom instruction and might also include meetings with parents, students and other teachers before or after school. Some even spearhead clubs or coach sports. Teachers are also frequently bogged down with grading papers and creating lesson plans during their evenings and weekends. Experienced teachers can even advance to mentorship or lead teaching posts. Poliseno says that above all else, middle school teachers need to understand that they must acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective in the classroom. “It’s not necessarily how you acquire those skills, but how well you acquire those skills,” she says.
Last updated by Casey Quinlan.