Middle School Teachers

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Middle School Teachers

Middle School Teachers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, middle school teachers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • 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.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure all work is done accurately. Errors could cause students to receive the wrong grades.
  • Often repeat the same activities, such as lesson planning 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.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.