Algebra 1 Teacher

By Leticia Souto


Middle school teachers generally teach students from sixth to eighth grades. However, Algebra is taught in Middle school and then Algebra 2 later in High school. Often, students change classrooms several times a day to attend lessons in different subjects. As a result, middle school teachers in these schools see several different classes of students throughout the day. In some schools, middle school teachers teach all the subjects for one class of students the entire day. In either type of school, teachers use time during the day when they do not have classes to plan lessons, grade assignments, or meet with other teachers and staff. Some middle school teachers work in teams that teach the same group of students. These teachers meet to discuss students' progress and to plan future lessons. A few of the things teachers may do are listed below:

  • Plan lessons that teach students a subject, such as algebra
  • Assess students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Teach lessons they have planned to an entire class or to smaller groups
  • Monitor student's progress by grading assignments
  • Communicate with parents about their child's progress
  • Work 101 with students to help them overcome specific learning challenges
  • Standardized tests required by the state must be prepared for
  • Make classroom rules and enforce them

Average Annual Salary

The average annual salary for a teacher is $54,940. The least salary given to a teacher is in Puerto Rice with $21,110 but the highest salary is in New York with $75,470.

Education Required

All states require public middle school teachers to have at least a bachelor's degree. Majoring in a content area, such as math, is required in many states for middle school teachers. Some states require middle school teachers to major in elementary education. Those who major in a content area typically enroll in their university's teacher preparation program and take classes in education and child psychology in addition to the classes required by their major. Teacher education programs teach prospective middle school teachers how to present information to students and how to work with students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Other states require middle school teachers to earn a master's degree after receiving their teaching certification.

Day to Day Tasks

These are task Teachers will do daily:
  • Rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students will be established and enforced.
  • To resolve students' behavioral and academic problems teachers will confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators.
  • Accurate, complete, and correct student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations will be maintained.
  • Administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress will prepared.
  • Materials and classrooms for class activities will be prepared.
  • Lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in mathematics will be instructed.
  • Clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate these objectives to students will be established.
  • Students who need extra help, such as by tutoring and preparing, will be assisted
  • Lessons and correct homework will be assigned.
  • Administration policies and rules governing students will be enforced.

Job Outlook

Employment of middle school teachers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022. This is about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is projected due to expected increases in enrollment combined with declines in student teacher ratios. However, employment growth will vary by region. From 2012 to 2022, the student teacher ratio across schools is expected to decline slightly. This ratio is the number of students for each teacher in the school. A decline in the ratio means that each teacher is responsible for fewer students, and, consequently, more teachers are needed to teach the same number of students


Experienced teachers can advance to serve as mentors to newer teachers or to become lead teachers. In these positions, they help less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills. With additional education or certification, teachers may become school counselors, school librarians, or instructional coordinators. Some become assistant principals or principals, both of which generally require additional education in education administration or leadership.




1) Tuition: $46,320 (2016-2016)

2) Books $1,425 (2015-2016)

3) Housing Room and Board on Campus $ 14,107 (2015-2016)

4) Meal plan $2,625 (2015-2016)

What financial aid is offered?

1) Loans Yes

2) Scholarships Yes

3) Work Study Yes

4) Exemptions No

Admission requirements:

1) Application fee- Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $90

2) What, if any, score is required on the SAT or ACT test? Sat and Act required

3) What is the High school GPA required? Suggesting 4.0 or higher

4.0 and above= 58% 3.70 - 3.99= 28% Below 3.70= 14%

4) Is it required to have AP courses in high school? I don’t think it is required but it is recommended.

5) Essay- do you have to write on to get into the school? Yes