A Career Teaching High School
Teaching is one
of the oldest professions and one of the most important to the health and
progress of society. Today’s teachers
are even more influential because they in some ways have replaced the parents
in the role of raising the next generation.
I have found that teaching high school math is the career I want to
Estimates show a
growing need for all types of teachers including math teachers in the next
few years because many of today’s teachers will soon reach retirement
age. In addition, a growing need for
math exists if students are to be able to compete in a high-technology world.
A 4-year college
degree is required to teach high school math.
The courses include math courses as well as education courses to learn
how to communicate the math knowledge to the students. In addition, at least a six-month student
teaching practicum is required to earn provisional state certification. After receiving state certification, a new
teacher has three years to complete a “fifth year” or master’s degree to
receive permanent certification.
A high school
math teacher teaches from September through June. His or her day begins around 7 a.m. and
ends around 3 p.m. Some afternoons and
evenings there are meetings required as well as time to grade student papers
and prepare lessons for the next day.
High school math
teachers in District 81 teach five sections of math a day, each section
lasting about fifty minutes and each class having about thirty students. Sections can include beginning math and
arithmetic through calculus. Classroom
environments can be traditional or lab-oriented.
After exploring this career
field, I am even more convinced that it is the job I want. I feel I am ready and willing to spend the
years in school necessary to achieve this.
Hill, Robert. “Teaching Opportunities for the Future.” Career
Report March 2005: 34-38.
Landis, Carl. Personal interview. 5 Oct 2007.
Murphy, Angela. Teaching Math and Science in the Next Century. New
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National Teachers of Mathematics Association. 2000.
Web. 23 Nov. 2007.
Norland, Roberta. Telephone interview. 3 Nov 2007.