Almost everyone, at one time or another, has taught another person something. Mothers and fathers are our first teachers. They taught you many things before you were old enough to attend school. Parents who homeschool their children continue to teach them throughout the school years. But usually the word “teacher” brings to mind a person who has a professional career of teaching other people’s children.
Teachers teach their students to read, write, do math, and much more. They use chalkboards, worksheets, games, videos, computers, and other tools to teach different subjects. Teachers try to make their lessons easy to understand.
They teach things in different ways so that different students can learn in the way that is easiest for them. When students are not doing as well as they should, teachers help them. Teachers also assign homework and projects.
Teachers may do their work almost any place, but the majority work in schools. Most teachers have a college degree from a school of education, where they receive special training in educational philosophy and classroom management.
Teacher’s colleges used to be called “normal schools,” which means “a college where rules are learned.”
Most school teachers have to teach what the principal tells them. Teachers plan their daily schedules and lessons before they teach, which can take a lot of time. After class, teachers grade papers and projects. They make and grade tests, fill out students’ report cards, and write evaluations. They also meet with parents to discuss their child’s progress. Some teachers help with sports or other after-school activities. Teachers work in public schools, private schools, Christian schools, and tutoring centers.
Kindergarten and elementary school teachers usually teach several subjects to one class. Middle school and high school teachers often focus on one subject; English, science, or history, for example. High school teachers spend more time explaining a subject and less time with activities. In some schools, two or more teachers work as a team. Other teachers teach one special subject, such as art, music, reading, or gym. Some teachers specialize in a foreign language, or teaching English as a second language.
Some of the greatest authors, poets, scientists, and philosophers have been teachers. Meet some famous teachers and learn about their contributions to education at: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/njfkeducators.html .
Read more about the history of teaching and teachers throughout history at: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/njfkteachers.html
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