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Whenever we think about a teacher, a myriad of images and thoughts of our childhood cross our mind. If we try to connect dots to our school days, we can visualize ourselves playing the role of our teachers and trying to mimic them. A teacher is a role model in the life of a school student. Teaching is a profession in which education needs growth and modernization time to time. It's a profession which requires patience, skills, dedication, hard work and creativity. One can pursue his career as a teacher if he is interested in this field or can work as a volunteer to help the underprivileged. Here, we are going to pen down the journey to become a teacher for primary and high schools:
Determine the level of teaching:
At first, one should determine the level for teaching as per his interests and skills.
If one wants to teach higher classes, it requires stringent qualification and specialized courses.
Choose subjects for teaching:
One should choose the subjects in which he finds him capable of teaching. One should know how to instruct in a specific field. Bachelor's degree is a must for pursuing teaching as a career.
Having an appropriate degree:
Teaching requires different levels of degree depending upon the level of middle or high school teaching.
Teacher Training courses:
One should go for various teacher training courses to join primary or high schools apart from having a graduation degree.
Eligibility tests need to crack for teaching:
As per Right to Education Act norms, it has become mandatory to pass teacher eligibility tests to join in a school as a teacher. The objective behind this is to provide quality schooling and trained staff to bring excellence in academics for the students. Various public and private schools are recruiting only those teachers who have cracked any of these exams of late:
Both CTET and TET exams are conducted in two parts: one is for those who want to become a teacher in classes I to V and the other for classes VI to VIII. Candidates who want to teach in elementary and senior schools need to clear both tests. One should score more than 60% to qualify the exam as per NCTE norms.
Areas of Teaching field:
One can apply in various government and public schools to follow teaching as a career option.
Expected Salary for teachers in India:
In India, pay scale in teaching profession highly depends upon a local city, school brand, subject, and experience. Teaching subjects such as Psychology, Foreign languages and TOK (Theory of Knowledge) offers higher pay scale as compared to other subject teachers.
Teaching is a rewarding career. One can start his career in this field as a primary or high school teacher. After years of experience, one may get the opportunity to rise up to be a department head, vice- principal and finally after gaining more than 10 years of experience one may get the post of a school principal. Apart from this, one can pursue doctoral studies to teach in college or universities. One can also work as a foreign language expert in various corporate firms. Teaching is not everyone's cup of tea, but hard work, communication and presentation skills, creativity and experience may lead one to the acme of success. One can also work as a volunteer in NGO, educational institutes, counseling sectors, humanitarian law firms, corporate and computer soft skills trainer and much more. One should always remember that the sky is the limit to spread one's wings.
Required skills in teaching field:
Along with educational qualification, a teacher required effective and soft skills. One should have empathy and care to deal with students. Self-confidence, enthusiasm, creativity and dynamism would lead teaching profession at an edge. Public speaking and teamwork are also required for being a promising teacher. One should have the capability to soil one's hands by constant learning and innovative practices in a way of sharing and implementing practical lessons. Teaching is a demanding profession which requires time for management and organization skills. One should have the ability to convince parents, students and senior staff to implement your new ideas and should know how to resolve conflicts raised in a school. One should have the aim to provide holistic learning to the students to raise them as a good samaritan. On the whole, the role of a teacher in student's life is unpredictable.
It's well said by a prominent historian: ‘A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. - Sir Henry Adams’
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