High School Teacher
Note: a necessary teaching qualification (like our Science/Education degree) is needed to become a high school teacher.
Secondary school teachers teach one or more subjects within the school curriculum to secondary students.
Subject areas include English, mathematics, science, history, geography, drama, dance, art, music, health and physical education, design, information technology, languages other than English, and home economics.
A mathematics teacher teaches the fundamentals of mathematics in areas such as geometry, calculus, algebra and statistics. They help students to develop analytical skills through the application of mathematics in everyday life.
A secondary science teacher teaches students the scientific principles of the world around them. They may also specialise in areas such as biology, human biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science.
Secondary school teachers may perform the following tasks:
- prepare daily lessons and long-term teaching programmes in accordance with state or territory curriculum and guidelines
- teach using a variety of methods, including formal lessons, discussions, practical activities, experiments, projects, assignments and excursions, taking into account the differences between individual students
- use information technology to assist with lesson preparation, teaching and reporting
- set tests, exams, projects, assignments and homework; mark and correct assessments; and sort the results
- evaluate and report on the progress of students, and discuss individual performance and problems with students and parents
- establish and maintain good working habits and discipline in classrooms and throughout the school
- supervise extra classes when other teachers are absent
- supervise students in the yard during lunchtime and other breaks
- carry out relevant administrative duties
- attend staff meetings, educational conferences and other professional development activities
- coordinate work experience and industry-based programmes
- participate in other activities in partnership with parents and the school community, including parent-teacher nights, school council and other committees
- assist with organising sporting events, camping trips and other excursions
- be involved in distance education (for example, teaching using radio and television transmission, correspondence, audiovisual and other multimedia resources)
- coordinate administrative support programmes and the work of non-teaching staff in schools
- network with other teachers
- work with other staff to revise the school's policies and curriculum implementation to reflect changing student needs and government initiatives.