High-School Math Teacher

High-School Math Teacher
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High-school math teachers teach students subject like geometry, statistics, algebra and calculus. Daily tasks include planning lessons, creating sample problems, giving assignments, and writing tests. Most math teachers follow a state or district curriculum and use a textbook. In addition to teaching in the classroom, math teachers help students during office hours or before or after school. Teaching in a high school can be strenuous, but teaching is also cited as one of the most fulfilling careers.

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Math teachers begin their careers by earning a bachelor's degree in math and completing a teacher preparation program. Some aspiring math teachers also earn a master's degree in math or education. Coursework includes upper-level math classes and teaching-methods classes. Before graduating, students must work in a high school math classroom under the supervision of a math teacher.

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Calculus I and II Linear Algebra Calculus of Several Variables Ordinary Differential Equations Theory of Analysis Abstract Algebra Statistics Recommended: Graph Theory Combinatorics Number Theory

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High-school teachers use math to demonstrate sample problems in class, create assignments for students, and write and grade tests.

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After completing a degree, math teachers will be qualified to teach in any secondary school. In the United States, Arizona, Hawaii, and Montana have the highest concentration of math teachers (employment per thousand workers), while New York, Illinois, and Alaska are the top-paying states for math teachers.

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The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.



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