Kw-logo-smaller

Becoming a Teacher

The best teachers are patient and enthusiastic!
Teacher

You can love 'em or hate 'em, but you have to admit your teachers are some of the most important people in your world! If you're thinking about becoming a teacher when you grow up, read on to find out what it takes.

The ABC's of Teaching

One of the great qualities about teachers is their patience. They wait for you to figure out that really hard math problem and they don't get mad at the kid who always wets his pants in class. Teachers also need to be creative (for art class), dramatic (for acting out Shakespearean plays in English class), energetic (for P.E. class) and enthusiastic for classes that aren't so exciting, like geography. Oh, and you're going to have to be really good at explaining things, like how something works, and be a great public speaker cuz you'll be in front of a class every day. If you have a fear of public speaking, then conquer it now!

Getting Certified

You have to be certified in order to be a teacher. Every state has its own requirements, so talk to your state Board of Education and find out what your state's specific certification requirements are. Depending on whether you want to work with kids or teenagers, you can be certified to teach elementary school, junior high, or high school. You can also become a special education teacher who works with children with behavioral disorders or learning disabilities like dyslexia.

The Money Factor

Unfortunately, teachers don't make that much dough. Starting salaries vary across the country, ranging from $25,000 up to $50,000 - if you're willing to move to Alaska. But you're not going into this career for the money, right? It's cuz you love kids and want to make a difference in their lives! And what other job out there gives you two months of summer vacation, plus a week off in the spring and two weeks off in the winter?

Did You Know?

  • Private school teachers don't have to be certified, so they earn less than public school teachers.
  • National Teacher Day always falls on the Tuesday of the first full week of May, and then that whole week becomes Teacher Appreciation Week.
  • Teachers don't have to stick to public or private schools. They can teach aboard a ship, at an aviation school, or even at the school of rock!
Related Stories:
>
>

readers voted!

Comments

there are 0 comments

Please login or register to add comments

share with your friends


Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like!

latest videos

Poll

Best Gift to Give Your Teacher?

  • An apple.
  • A box of chalk.
  • Chocolates.
  • Flowers.

related stories

Micro_videogametester-mic
Love playing video games? Then there’s no job cooler than a video game tester! These guys and gir...
Micro_zookeeper-micro
Becoming a zookeeper is great for people who love animals. But it's a demanding job. Click here t...
Micro_coolcareerschef-micro
Are you passionate about food? Do you enjoy cooking or baking or creating new recipes? Then a car...

Dear Dish-It in the forums

AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Style:
Except schools, places of work, and everyone in the United States of America who has the freedom of speech.
reply 22 minutes
DJwwjd
DJwwjd posted in Style:
Buy hot hues, its a removable hair chalk. So you don't permenantly dye your hair. That way, people will still like your hair, and you can like it too!
reply 32 minutes
DJwwjd
DJwwjd posted in Family Issues:
Hate to break it to ya, but I think they "drank" a lot at that moment. It happens when adults have like parties with friends. They wanted to be a good role-model so they didn't tell you. Sorry but that's likely the case
reply 37 minutes
DJwwjd
DJwwjd posted in Friends:
If they keep fighting then they are not worth it
reply about 1 hour
bieberfan_123
bieberfan_123 posted in Friends:
Dear dish it:  how do you know someone is cheating on you :confused
reply about 3 hours

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

157262_(2)

When you go back to Candyland, you’ll wonder why you ever left in the first plac...

100x100_ra_logo_girl

Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

_thumb_100x100

Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...