The Realities of Being an Educator

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Being an educator has been a well-respected and honorable profession for hundreds of years. Over the centuries the profession has grown and developed into one of the most important fields in the world. To be a high school teacher, more specifically, has become one the most in demand vocations in the field of education. Teaching social studies in a high school environment is a very challenging, but rewarding position. The requirements to becoming a History teacher include earning a Bachelor of Arts degree and being licensed by the state. Once employed, a history teacher enjoys a generous benefits package, excellent working conditions, and works daily to develop and deliver engaging historical content that is relevant and meaningful for students. Education and Training To begin the process even before obtaining all of the required education and licensure to become a teacher you must see if you have the skills necessary to fit the qualifications. Patience is a vital skill that one must possess to teach. An article from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics writes that “Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult” (“High School Teachers”). Teachers must be able to restrain themselves from lashing out in any way if a student is being overly disruptive, or making comments about another student or you. You may send the student out of the room, but never fight with them. Teachers must also be patient with students who do not understand the material. You must go over it until the student understands without becoming frustrated at the student. Teachers must also have the skill of resourcefulness. Educators cannot just hand out material to the students or lecture them and expect them to understand the mater... ... middle of paper ... ...ents in an effort to make them positive members of society. Your job is vital to the continuation of the success of the human race even though some days it may seem like just correcting worksheets. If everyone could have the personal beliefs of a teacher the world would be a much better, and more educated, place. Works Cited “High School Teachers.” Occupational Outlook Handbook. Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor, 5 Apr. 2012. Web. 6 Dec. 2013. John Saphier, Mary Ann Haley-Speca, Robert Gower. The Skillfull Teacher Building Your Teaching Skills. Acton: RBT, 2008. Print. “Requirements for Teaching in Boston.” Teaching Requirements. Boston Public Schools, 2013. Web. 6 Dec. 2013. Tomlinson, Carol Ann. How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms. Alexandria: ASCD, 2001. Print. Devincenzi, Michael. Personal Interview. 8 Dec. 2013
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