What teachers do

Over my 30+ years of teaching I have taken on many different roles. I believe a successful teacher needs to be multi-skilled and continually reflect on their teaching practice. Thus he/she should always strive for improvement. This will involve collaboration with colleagues and undertaking regular professional development.

But what do teachers do? What duties do they have to carry out on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis? Here is my list of 20 roles – I’m sure you could add a few more.

1. Planning, Developing, and Organizing Instruction

2. Housekeeping and Recordkeeping Tasks

3. Managing Student Conduct

4. Presenting Subject Material

5. Assessing Student Learning

6. Attending meetings

7. Peer mentoring

8. Communicating with parents

9. Goal setting

10. Professional development

11. Sporting coach

12. Yard duty

13. Student pastoral care

14. Teaching literacy and numeracy

15. Using information technology

16. Setting and correcting homework

17. Time manager

18. Planning and conducting excursions and camps

19. Duties associated with a position of responsibility

20. Being passionate, having fun and caring about kids.

Alternatively check out: “10 Roles for Math Teachers” by  Cathy Seeley.

New (or experienced) teachers would benefit from reading “What successful teachers do” by Neal A. Glasgow and Cathy D. Hicks.

These lists are daunting, but seeing a student making a learning breakthrough or saying “Gee Mr. T, that lesson was really great” makes it all worthwhile.


About webmaths

I have been teaching Mathematics in Victorian secondary schools for 30 years. I use the www to make my maths lessons better. I hope this blog will give other teachers some ideas to try in their own classes.
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