History Teacher

Hugo Edgar Lemus P. 7-8

University of Chicago

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Plan lessons in the subjects they teach, such as biology or history
  • Assess students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Teach students as an entire class or in small groups
  • Grade students’ assignments to monitor progress
  • Communicate with parents about students’ progress
  • Work with individual students to challenge them, to improve their abilities, and to work on their weaknesses
  • Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules
  • Supervise students outside of the classroom—for example, at lunchtime or during detention

Education Needed/ What school (list 1) offers that major?

All states require public high school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Most states require high school teachers to have majored in a content area, such as chemistry or history.

Skills Required (Personality Traits/Transferable Skills)

Communication skills. Teachers must collaborate with other teachers and special education teachers. In addition, teachers need to discuss students’ needs with parents and administrators.
Instructional skills. High school teachers need to explain difficult concepts in terms students can understand. In addition, they must be able to engage students in learning and adapt lessons to each student’s needs.
Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. High school teachers must be patient when students struggle with material

Job Outlook/Growth

Employment of high school teachers is expected to grow by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020

Advancement Opportunities or Related Jobs (How can you move up in this career?)

While majoring in a content area, future teachers typically enroll in their higher education’s teacher preparation program and take classes in education and child psychology, as well.
Teacher preparation—or teacher education—programs instruct how to present information to students and how to work with students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching.

Average Hours/Working Schedule

High school teachers generally work school hours, which vary somewhat. However, they often spend time in the evenings and on weekends grading papers and preparing lessons. In addition, they may meet with parents, students, and other teachers before and after school. Plus, teachers who coach sports or advise clubs generally do so before or after school.
Many work the traditional 10-month school year with a 2-month break during the summer. Although most do not teach during the summer, some teach in summer programs. Teachers in districts with a year-round schedule typically work 8 weeks in a row, are on break for 1 week, and have a 5-week midwinter break.