What's it like to be a Teacher?
A Teacher is responsible for educating students at varying levels, and preparing lesson plans that teach to a curriculum. They can work in either early childhood, primary or secondary school environments, depending on their training and interests.
Tasks and duties
- Preparing lesson plans in accordance with the set curriculum.
- For Primary School Teachers, educating children across a wide variety of subjects.
- For Secondary School Teachers, educating children more deeply in one or two specialist subject areas.
- Supervising students in class, in buildings and on the playground.
- Developing children’s abilities and interests.
- Nurturing children’s mental, emotional and relational health.
- Setting tests and exams, and conducting testing.
- Meeting with parents, family and guardians to discuss children’s progress, abilities, areas for further development and interpersonal relational styles.
- Helping to organise, and attending and facilitating school carnivals, fetes, sports days, musicals, after-school sports and excursions.
Teaching is generally suited to people who enjoy working with children and are passionate about fostering the academic and emotional growth of developing minds. It’s vital to be a strong communicator and well-organised in order to keep on top of the demands of the role—but it’s also a career that calls for a sense of fun and creativity.
What can I earn as a Teacher?
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How to become a Teacher
- Early Childhood Teachers are qualified to implement plans and teach children aged 4-8 years. They are heavily focused on children’s coordination, creativity and social skills. A Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) is required.
- Primary School Teachers are qualified to implement plans and teach children aged 5-12. They tend to teach broadly and are heavily focused on embedding the foundations of reading, writing and arithmetic for higher learning. A Bachelor of Education (Primary) will usually take 4 years full-time.
- High School (Secondary) Teachers may specialise in a subject area such as English and History, or Maths and Physics. A Bachelor of Education (Secondary) will also take 4 years to complete full-time.
- If you want to teach in public schools, you’ll need to get an approval during your course to be able to go straight into a job. Make sure to check your state or territory’s education department regulations to register as a Teacher.
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