What does a Biology Teacher do?
Biology teachers work in middle or high schools and help students learn about all living organisms’ origin, distribution, structure, and function. They prepare and deliver engaging biology lessons to a student body comprised of different backgrounds, interests, and abilities. They monitor student performance and adjust teaching strategies and techniques to improve content and subject delivery. They establish rules in the classroom, laboratory, and any field trips to ensure all students understand and accept them, emphasizing safety in the lab and during laboratory experiments.
Biology teachers prepare exams, assessments, and experiments following curriculum guidelines and standards of their states and communicate any issues to a parent, counselor, or other relevant staff members. They attend school events and club meetings, and staff meetings when required and represent the school at conferences, workshops, and other networking events. Biology teachers need a degree in biology or science and teaching certification.
- Maintain a positive, accepting attitude in working with students.
- Cooperate with school personnel in providing for student welfare.
- Cooperate with and support the co-curricular activities provided for students.
- Perform other appropriate duties as assigned by the principal.
- Ensure student learning outcomes are attained and appropriately recorded.
- Maintain knowledge of current trends and developments in the field by attending staff development training, workshops, seminars and conferences.
- Ensure safety and security requirements are met in the classroom and laboratory.
- Implement district instructional program and educational philosophy in the subject area or grade level designated in accordance with district goals, policies and procedures.
- Administer the classroom to create an environment conducive to learning.
- Work with team leaders, department chair and principal to benefit from evaluation by using strengths and improving areas of need.
- Bachelor's or Master's Degree in biology, life sciences, or natural sciences and certification to teach biology.
- A leader, critical thinker, and excellent communicator.
- Collaboration and time management skills alongside adaptability and continuous improvement.
- Can conduct lectures and labs with confidence and assist students in need.
- Is a professional at all times.
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Biology Teacher Career Path
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“not enough professional development offered”
“Mixed classes makes differentiation really challenging”
“Does not pay good salary”
“Professional support to teachers career development”
“Not good enough compensation”
“life balance is difficult to maintain.”
“Not huge academic pressure expectations.”
“Wonderful team to work with.”
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