Interview with a Middle School Teacher
Interviewee: Emma F.
Title: Middle School English Teacher
1. What does a typical day in your profession look like?
Every day, I teach four classes of middle school English as well as one intervention class for struggling readers. My classroom is a very upbeat learning environment; it doesn’t necessarily look like a typical classroom. We work in groups, do hands-on projects, and use multimedia. It is not quiet!
It is also important to know that as a teacher, I deal with so many “non-academic” situations. I also have to be there for students who are dealing with difficult life issues.
I also am in charge of the school yearbook, so I hold meetings after school.
2. What do you enjoy most about your career?
Learning with and teaching my students is so rewarding. Every day is a brand new adventure. Throughout the year, I get to work side-by-side with so many great young people who give me hope for the future.
3. What do you find challenging about your career?
There is a lot of behind the scenes paper work and data collecting that goes along with being a teacher. We work way more than 40 hours a week!
4. What personal characteristics do successful people in your career field possess?
Love working with people, passionate, caring, patient, creativity, good at multi-tasking.
5. What advice would you give others who are interested in pursuing your profession?
No college course or student teaching practicum will really prepare you for what you will experience as a classroom teacher. You learn on the job every single day. It is more difficult than anyone will ever tell you, but it is also more rewarding than you can ever imagine.
For Wages and Growth Rate: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Middle School Teachers.