In a typical work setting, high school teachers:
- Have a high level of job-related social interaction with students.
- Speak in front of a classroom on a daily basis.
- Communicate by phone, e-mail, and in person on a daily basis. They also write letters and memos, but less often.
- Are often placed in conflict situations where students and occasionally parents might become angry or unpleasant.
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- Are responsible for the health and safety of students.
- Work as part of a team of teachers and other education staff.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
Physical Work Conditions
- Often work indoors. May work outdoors to teach physical education or sports.
- May occasionally be exposed to noise levels that are distracting.
- Work near others, often within a few feet.
- Must be sure all work is done accurately. Errors could cause students to receive the wrong grades.
- Often repeat the same activities, such as planning class and grading assignments.
- Regularly make decisions that affect others. They rarely consult a supervisor before deciding a course of action.
- Set nearly all their daily tasks and goals without consulting a supervisor first.
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- Must meet strict daily and weekly deadlines.
- Work regular school hours. Lunch, evening, or weekend hours may be required to supervise clubs and organizations.
- May work overtime to complete grading.