Teachers are an invaluable group, educating students on a variety of subjects that become important in later life. Secondary school teachers aid in forming the minds of students at an important age, helping them discover a wide range of topics, and often generating interest in a subject that will become the basis of students' future professions.
Often required to work with scholars of varying ages from early teenage years and up secondary school teachers must use encouraging styles of instruction to engage students in a particular subject while following an approved curriculum. Though required to evaluate the progress of students, assign work and give tests, 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 secondary school teachers are frequently required to attend conferences and participate in training workshops.
The responsibilities of a secondary school teacher vary by age group, school curriculum, and subject. While it's possible for secondary school teachers to be responsible for a class throughout the school day, they are more often assigned to one or more topic classes in which they have formal training. Secondary school teachers must be able to convey complex ideas to students of varying ages and skill levels and an approachable nature is important when working with children, teenagers, and young adults. Useful skills include:
- Approachable with good communication skills to work with students of varying skill levels
- High levels of motivation and energy
- Solid understanding of basic subjects or a specialization in a given topic(s)