High School Teachers educate teenagers by explaining several topics with the aid of support materials and different teaching methods, in different academic fields and specializations. To evaluate students’ learning progress, Teachers also prepare tests and examinations and grade students based on their performance. All High School Teachers are hired by public and private secondary schools.
Subjects taught in high schools may include, but are not limited to, the following: literature, classical languages (e.g. Latin and Greek) and modern languages (e.g. Spanish, Italian, and German), mathematics (e.g. calculus, algebra, and geometry), social sciences (e.g. geography, history, and economics/business), science (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science), physical and health education, art (e.g. arts and crafts, fine arts, industrial arts, practical and applied arts, music, and drama), ethics/religion education, as well as career exploration and home economics (e.g. accounting, cooking, and sewing).
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Teachers are required to complete.
- Planning and organizing class subjects, always adhering to the approved curriculum.
- Creating teaching lessons that are inclusive and understandable to the entire class while adhering to the pre-established school program:
- Identifying and adapting to each student’s individual needs;
- consulting with parents regarding cognitive or behavioural issues students may present, as well as giving recommendations and advice in these cases; and
- providing additional assistance and guidance to students by developing remedial programs.
- Ensuring the students’ personal and social development:
- Offering concrete tools and discussing strategies to improve leadership, stress management, self-confidence, and decision-making skills, as well as communication and interpersonal skills;
- working with external partners (e.g. Psychologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Social Workers) to best serve and support students with mental health issues and challenges; and
- reporting any abusive situation to the appropriate authorities, whether the student is experiencing physical, sexual, emotional, and/or verbal abuse (e.g. bullying and maltreatment).
- Using modern and approved teaching methods that ensure maximum learning in the best possible environment.
- Preparing and administering examination tools (e.g. tests, quizzes, and oral presentations) as well as assigning homework:
- Completing all grading, creating progress reports, and conducting parent conferences to further discuss examination results, as well as learning and behavioural difficulties;
- keeping accurate, complete records of students’ individual progress (e.g. cumulative files and attendance accounting) to ensure they are making adequate progress and that established goals are being met.
- Being actively involved in all aspects of the school program and displaying a willingness to contribute to a positive school culture by volunteering in extracurricular activities.
- Ensuring the school meets all operating criteria, including health and safety standards.
- Preparing and implementing class programs in adherence to the established curriculum.
- Reviewing and adapting the teaching curriculum, as needed.
- Administering proper evaluation methods and assigning homework.
- Tracking and reporting students’ progress and development.
- Providing feedback to parents regarding the development of students.
- Conferring with other Teachers and School Principals regarding the best teaching methods.
The average High School Teacher salary is $47,016 per year or $24 per hour. This is around 1.4 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $33,000 while most experienced workers make up to $66,000. These results are based on 175 salaries extracted from job descriptions.
- Extensive academic training and professional preparation:
- Displaying an extensive knowledge of their designated field(s) of expertise, as well as the ability to teach it to others.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills:
- Communicating clearly and confidently, both in writing and verbally, in order to accurately impart knowledge and give students detailed instructions;
- using tact, patience, and good judgment when communicating with students, parents, and staff to maintain effective and collaborative relationships;
- being a great listener, as well as being able to easily and efficiently identify students’ needs and difficulties (e.g. learning and behavioural difficulties); and
- being an effective team player.
- Strong sense of empathy and compassion:
- Demonstrating sensitivity to individual needs of students;
- displaying an inherent ability to make others feel cared about; and
- being able to work within a multicultural environment, showing consideration and respect to a diverse range of students and families of all backgrounds and abilities.
- Excellent classroom management and organizational skills:
- Strategically structuring and customizing teaching curriculum;
- prioritizing and planning work activities as to use time efficiently while handling a high volume, diverse workload; and
- multitasking; being able to work under pressure in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
- Optimistic, enthusiastic, with a can-do attitude and a strong ability to motivate others.
- High levels of creativity, initiative, flexibility, and responsiveness, as well as strong leadership skills:
- Adapting well to changing demands; and
- using creativity and imagination to develop new insights and to apply new solutions to problems.
- Strong technology skills and the ability to apply them as an instructional tool to support learning.
Aside from the skills listed above, Teachers also need to demonstrate a thorough understanding of current teaching, evaluation, and assessment practices; as well as an extensive knowledge and demonstrated ability to teach subject areas related to their designated field(s) of expertise. They must also understand and comply with all regulations related to teaching programs (e.g. school board policies and procedures, as well as provincial and national legislations).
In Canada, High School Teachers must have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Education, as well as a certification in the subject they wish to teach, all of which must be recognized by the Teaching Council. They must also be a member of a provincial or territorial teachers’ association or federation, having obtained a Provincial or Territorial Teaching Certificate.
Most Teacher positions require a minimum of 2 to 3 years of teaching experience, working with 11 to 19-year old students. All High School Teachers must have a clear criminal record and a medical certification of good health.
High School Teachers must also be able to work flexible schedules, as they will often be required to complete certain tasks outside of school hours (e.g. correcting and grading assignments and examinations, coordinating and attending parent conferences and field trips, and cleaning/decorating classroom).