Secondary School Teacher  What They Do

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Secondary School Teachers Career Video



Teaches students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Prepares materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Instructs through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
  • Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  • Adapts teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Maintains accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Observes and evaluates students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Plans and conducts activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Confers with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
  • Assigns and grades class work and homework.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

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