Hiring a Teacher: Key Teaching Responsibilities and Duties

When hiring a teacher, you want to find a candidate who will help students succeed. A qualified candidate is someone who has a passion for working with students and genuinely cares about students’ education. By understanding what it takes to be a great teacher, you can better determine who will be the right choice for your school. Learn about the key roles, skills and duties of a teacher and see some commonly asked questions and answers.


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An overview of teaching responsibilities

There are many different types of teachers based on education level and subject, however, all teachers are responsible for creating lesson plans and educating their students. To motivate their students, teachers should create engaging lesson plans that cater to many kinds of learning types such as visual, aural or verbal. Students need a teacher who will work hard to make sure they are understanding each lesson. 


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Key roles, skills and duties

A qualified teacher should be a mentor to students, offering them guidance and support throughout their education. Likewise, a good teacher will recognize when a student fully understands a concept and will challenge the student to further their knowledge. 

Here are some of the key roles and skills a teacher should exhibit: 



Along with being responsible for educating students, teachers are responsible for the following roles:


  • Create and administer educational content including lesson plans, notes, assignments, workbooks and exams. 
  • Develop personalized lesson plans and instruction based on each student’s educational needs. 
  • Encourage appropriate behaviors among students to ensure a productive learning environment for everyone.
  • Present subject matter in a comprehensive way that engages students of all learning levels.
  • Maintain and distribute students’ report cards.
  • Intervene when students need additional instruction to fully understand topics. 
  • Keep an organized classroom where supplies are easy to locate. 
  • Participate in parent-teacher meetings to ensure each student is reaching their full potential. 
  • Oversee the wellbeing of every student and report concerns to the applicable department or agency. 
  • Meet with staff to discuss curriculum, lesson plans and any other topics concerning the students. 
  • Plan and implements students’ educational events and activities. 
  • Regularly attend meetings and learning seminars to continue to develop teaching skills. 



Here are the skills a qualified teacher has:


  • Adaptability: Teachers need to be able to adapt to any situation, whether that be changes in school policies, a conflict between students or even inclement weather. They need to make the best of every situation they are in and continue to provide a safe and productive space for students. 
  • Calmness: Sometimes, classrooms get hectic or students have demanding needs. No matter the situation, teachers need to remain calm and collected. Students often look to teachers for how to act. 
  • Clarity: All students learn differently, so teachers must be able to clearly communicate ideas, often in multiple formats. This way students are learning what they are supposed to and no one falls behind.
  • Collaboration: Oftentimes, teachers need to work together with other teachers and staff members to create a cooperative learning environment. Everyone needs to understand the school’s values and objectives and find ways to work within them. 
  • Communication: Teachers are communicating with students throughout the entire school day. They also need to communicate with administrators and parents. A qualified teacher will have excellent verbal, written and listening skills. 
  • Conflict-resolution: Students may not always agree with one another, so teachers need to help diffuse conflicts as they arise. Teachers should try their best to maintain peaceful classrooms. 
  • Creativity: To get students excited about certain subjects, teachers need to use their creativity and imagination when creating lesson plans. 
  • Guidance: Many students need support and guidance from their teachers throughout their education. Many teachers serve as a mentor role for students and offer advice that can improve students’ time at school. 
  • Leadership: Teachers need to be good role models for students and be strong leaders. Students are more likely to respect a teacher who can confidently lead a classroom. 
  • Organization: Students can learn better when their teacher maintains an organized classroom where supplies and resources are easy to find. A teacher also needs to keep students’ assignments and tests organized to ensure students are receiving feedback and credit.
  • Patience: Whether students have many questions or are having trouble behaving properly in class, a teacher needs to remain patient. Everyone learns at a different pace and a good teacher takes the time to ensure everyone is where they need to be. 
  • Public speaking: Teachers talk in front of students and other staff members all day, so they need to be skilled at public speaking. This means presenting information eloquently and confidently. 
  • Technical skills: Today’s teachers need to have technical skills such a computer knowledge. Many schools are implementing digital learning and teachers will need to offer students support in this newer kind of learning. 


Teaching FAQs

Before hiring a teacher, learn more about the requirements of a qualified educator. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about teachers:


What level of education does a teacher need?

The general education requirement for a teacher is a bachelor’s degree in education. Aspiring teachers will need to focus on the subject area or grade levels they plan to teach. 


During their undergraduate education, aspiring teachers will need to complete supervised teaching. This real-world experience gets them prepared to work in a classroom.


During and after their program, aspiring teachers need to pass a series of assessments and exams. Every state has its own teaching license requirements, so aspiring teachers need to be aware of them ahead of time. 


Some states require teachers to eventually earn their master’s degree. This furthers the teacher’s expertise and can help them increase their salary. 


What is the average salary of a teacher?

The average salary for a teacher is $19.26 per hour. This number fluctuates greatly based on location, experience and education level. Earning additional qualifications and certificates and teaching specific subjects or at higher levels can also increase salary.


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