Secondary school teachers, except for special and career/technical education, teach one or more subjects to students at the secondary school level.
Also known as high school teachers, secondary school teachers' job description is to teach students in classes nine to twelve. They teach at both private, public and residential educational institutions.
Their main responsibilities and duties are lesson planning and preparation, spending interactive time with students and checking and assessing their work. They also attend staff meetings in school and hold meetings with parents to co-operate on their ward’s development process. Besides, they monitor playground and extracurricular activities in the school. They keep themselves engaged in the overall professional development from time to time.
The qualifications needed to be a secondary school teacher in India are either a bachelor's degree in education or a bachelor's degree in the desired subject field combined with a postgraduate diploma in education. The instructors in senior secondary schools are among the best qualified in the country, almost all holding bachelor's degrees.
Some skills of a secondary school teacher to deal with the daily challenges of managing a classroom of eleven to sixteen years olds are to be knowledgeable and possess the ability to design curriculums. They should be flexible and open to changes, have leadership qualities, be eloquent, career-driven and resilient. The secondary school teacher's salary is commensurate with the experience and teaching skills.
Successful secondary school teachers possess time management skills and are updated with the latest teaching practices and changes in curriculum. In today’s time, technology plays a big role, especially for online classes, thereby, tech skills are desirable.
Every career requires an element of study and academic qualification, and there can be several study routes and pathways you can take. In following any academic pathway you will study subjects that contribute to the specialised knowledge required to achieve your career goals. These qualifications provide a future employer with the evidence that you have the desired knowledge, understanding and experience of their industry, so it’s important to consider the various types of qualifications available to you and to understand how they can boost your career and create opportunities for you.
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