CAREER IN TEACHING Part - I
Main reason for choosing teachers training program should ideally be due to interest in the subject, secure professional career and regular annual vacations. It can also be a second career for those who have retired from professional services.Teacher is a person whose occupation is to teach or instruct students on a subject, they have specialized knowledge in. College or university teacher who ranks above an associate professor is designated as a Professor.
Teacher exercise their intelligence, patience and wisdom to not only hone the learner's intellect and aptitude but also to develop and create a wholesome personality. Teaching has an influence in developing ones mind and character and also gives the satisfaction of having sparked the light of knowledge and dispelled the clouds of ignorance.
Main reason for choosing teachers training program should ideally be due to interest in the subject, secure professional career and regular annual vacations. It can also be a second career for those who have retired from professional services.
? The Job
As this field is so vast having areas of specialization, different skills and type of training are required for different levels. Areas of specialization include teaching at nursery schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, institutes, special schools etc. Each level calls for a different expertise. If you love to be with children, teaching at schools would be a good option, but if you want to be with young adults, it is better to look at the college or university level. Good teachers can bring out the best in every student. They are the ones who make a difference in the lives of their students. Rousing students from their apathy and watching their curiosity grow is one of the biggest rewards of teaching.
Primary School Teachers
Teachers specialising in 'early school education' (three to five years) work in nursery and infant schools. Those opting for the later years work in primary and middle schools. Most primary school teachers instruct one class of children in several subjects and are helped by an assistant teacher.
? Teaching every subject in the curriculum
? Helping children to develop their use of language and numbers and explore mathematical ideas
? Introducing them to science and technology, history and geography and creative performing arts
? Some special subjects like music, art, reading, science, arithmetic, or physical education is taught to many classes by the same teacher.
? Teachers plan lessons, prepare tests, grade papers, prepare report cards, meet with parents, attend faculty meetings and conferences, and supervise extracurricular activities.
Secondary School Teacher
Teachers at the secondary level specialize in one or two subjects but commonly teach them to all age groups and abilities. The tasks:
? Imparting subject knowledge
? Monitoring attitudes and personality development of the students
? Organize and supervise all co-curricular activities
? Prepare test papers
? Meet parents, attend conferences and faculty meetings
? Suggest curriculum changes
? Researching and preparing for lectures and practicals
? Lecturing to assist students' to interpret, analyse and develop original thought
? Conducting seminars or tutorials for small groups of students
? Setting and marking assignments and exams
? Evaluating research, and monitoring work projects and placements.
? Publishing research work
? Administrative responsibilities - student admissions, curriculum development, departmental committees, external examinership
? Personality Traits
? Liking for and an understanding of children
? Organizing capacity
? Friendly and helpful nature
? Good ability to communicate well
? Should be able to create a liking in subjects in young
? Deep passion for the subject one handles
? Encourage students
? Ability to analyze and think.
? Teacher has to be a friend, philosopher and guide to the ward.
? Lectures draw a salary of Rs.6, 500 to Rs.10, 500 at the entry level.
? The salary at senior level is around Rs.8000 to Rs.13, 500.
? The pay scale of professors ranges from Rs.12, 400 to Rs.22, 400.
? In Delhi University and other State Universities the pay scale for College Professors are at the same level as in the Civil Services.
Further details regarding the job prospects and study route can be found in part II of this article.
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