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From daily assignments to inspiring creativity within the classroom, being a teacher is incredibly rewarding. In this About.com video, learn what is needed to become a middle school teacher, and what their daily routine consists of.See Transcript

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Transcript:Career Profile: Middle School Teacher

Hi I'm Mike Fox for About.com, and today I'm going to tell you what it's like to be a Middle School Teacher.

What Degree do You Need to Become a Middle School Teacher?

In order to become a middle school teacher you need a bachelor's degree as well as a master's degree in education, and any additional credits in your area of expertise. I got my bachelors degree in Asian studies and on top of that, I got a masters in education, as well as, 21 credits in social studies, which was American history, world history, economics, and geography. And then you get your City license, whatever requirements the city might have.

Daily Routine for a Middle School Teacher

A regular day for middle school teacher will encompass the assigned periods where you're teaching your content area, and then in addition to that, whatever assignments you might have that day, such as, electives or advisory. I should emphasize that it's not an 8:20 to 3:20 day. I get in about an hour early before the kids, and I usually leave at 5 or 6 o'clock. In addition to that, your taking home a lot of papers to grade, and tests to make. It's especially important to be willing to be involved in the life of the school and the students lives outside of the classroom. Like starting a club or team that you have a passion for. I started the debate team and I coach that, so it's very much a career, and not just a job.

With the students it's a bridge from elementary school to high school. It's departmentalized, every 50 minutes the bell rings and the students go to a different class which can be challenging for the lower grades sixth and fifth grades but it's very much where you begin to build in more rigor into the curriculum. In middle school one of the biggest challenges is removing the scaffolding that's in place from elementary school and helping them move towards increasing independence. That's not always easy and sometimes if you hold their hands more it will be smoother for you and them, but you have to begin to remove the supports and let them experiment as learners and people so they can see what their strengths and weaknesses are.

Just the other day we were looking at the 1963 March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr gave his I Have a Dream speech and something that stood out to me after hearing it maybe 50 times I heard it is the line 'the fierce urgency of now' and I think that very much characterizes the middle school students. This fierce urgency of now' every moment that they're in is very intense and there's a lot of highs and lows for me the continuum that I'm on as an educator, this is a wonderful place to be practicing my craft.

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