Middle School Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Teaches one or more subjects to students in public or private school at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable State laws and regulations.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Adapts teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  • Confers with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
  • Prepares, administers, and grades tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Maintains accurate, complete, and correct student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Prepares materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Instructs through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
  • Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicates these objectives to students.
  • Assists students who need extra help, such as by tutoring and preparing and implementing remedial programs.
  • Assigns lessons and corrects homework.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Montessori Teacher -- Teaches children according to Montessori theory that states that children learn by observing and manipulating the objects in their environment and that sees teachers more as observers than leaders.
  • Physical Education Instructor -- Instructs students in physical education activities in educational institutions.
  • Art Instructor --
  • Band Teacher --
  • English Teacher --
  • History Teacher --
  • Science Teacher --