Teaching allows you to share your passion for chemistry with others. Many educators say the most satisfying aspect of their work is helping to shape the lives and minds of students. Successful high school chemistry teachers are well-organized and disciplined enough to apply structure to a flexible-but-demanding teaching schedule.
On an average day, high school chemistry teachers facilitate student learning and understanding of chemistry through guided inquiry, direct instruction, investigations, problem solving, and discussion. Teachers are also responsible for class preparation, classroom management, as well as developing and grading assessments, and
meeting with students and parents outside class. High school educators may teach between four and six classes comprised of 20 to 30 students. They may also lead field trips, organize afterschool activities, and provide tutoring outside of class.
High school chemistry teachers often develop curriculum objectives for their classrooms using state and national science teaching standards, guidelines from national science organizations, and local input. Objectives are used as a planning guide for daily lessons that might include guided lectures, modeling laboratory investigations, projects, and group inquiry.
- Knowledge of chemistry and a variety of strategies for engagement, instruction, and assessment.
- Knowledge of and training in chemical and laboratory preparation and safety.
- Communication and interpersonal skills to work with other teachers, parents, and administrators.
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