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Teacher Overview

You recall your best teachers: they’re energetic, love working with students, and are natural leaders. 

If you are great at planning and leading people through complex activities, you should consider becoming a teacher. Teachers work in many different subjects and settings. Not all teachers work with young people, but all of them strive to share skills and knowledge with others.


  • Lesson planning. Teachers set goals and objectives for student learning, and achieve them with a diverse range of materials.
  • Classroom management. The environment of a classroom greatly affects how students learn, so teachers set and maintain boundaries around behavior.
  • Evaluation. Teachers give tests and keep detailed records of student work to track progress and development. They have to be ready to switch gears, offer extra help and address problems as they arise


  • Communication. Whether they’re delivering lessons or receiving feedback, teachers have to  stay in touch with students, parents, other teachers, and their supervisors—they’re always working as part of a team!
  • Problem-solving skills. While teachers devise lots of strategies, they’re able to adapt when things don’t go as planned, and can come up with alternative solutions.
  • Energy. In teaching, there is always another challenge to tackle, and the most successful teachers are easily excited by their students and their work.


To teach grades K-12 at public schools, teachers have to be credentialed for their subjects and/or grade level in the state they want to work. Organizations that serve kids and adults outside of public education look for teachers who are motivated to connect with students and have thorough knowledge of a skill or idea. While education degrees can certainly be helpful, classroom teaching experience is what’s most important.

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