Teachers are an invaluable group, educating students on a variety of subjects that become important in later life. Teachers of physics the science that deals with matter, energy, motion, and force help students discover the physical world and better understand how it works in our everyday lives. At the same time, physics teachers increase students' knowledge of other underlying science subjects, including biology, chemistry, earth and space science.
Like teachers of other subjects, physics teachers use encouraging styles of instruction to engage students in the subject while following an approved curriculum. Though required to evaluate the progress of students, assign work and give tests, physics teachers must also be able to recognize the individual learning needs students have. In addition to a love of teaching, they should also enjoy learning themselves, as teachers are frequently required to attend different conferences and participate in training workshops.
The responsibilities of a physics teacher vary depending on age group and school curriculum. In general, however, physics teachers need to convey complex concepts in a language that students can understand and good communication skills are needed. A physics teacher should also be naturally curious and see the laws of physics operating everywhere around them.
- Training and interest in science and physics
- Approachable with strong communication skills to work with students of all ages
- High levels of motivation and energy