See if maths + education is the right STEM path for you
Thinking about getting into teaching? If numbers are your thing it makes sense to go down the maths teacher route. But there are a special set of skills needed to ace it…
1. You have an A+ attitude
Do you think maths is amazing? Are you the first to share a maths meme or fact with your friends and fam? Are you generally a positive person? If your maths enthusiasm level rivals Eddie Woo’s and you’ve got a can-do attitude, then inspiring students to love algebra, geometry and logarithms could totally be your dream job.
2. Your maths knowledge is > than most
You’re known around school as a maths whiz, and in your spare time you devour books on statistics and equations. But to lead your own class, you’ll need a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) or a combined degree in mathematics and education. Good maths teachers also stay across the latest maths news and developments, attend courses, and research teaching techniques so their skills stay sharp and up-to-date.
3. You = a good leader
If standing up in front of a bunch of high school kids on the daily doesn’t sound like a fun time to you, you might want to choose another maths career. However, if you love to flex your leadership skills and know how to motivate people to get the best out of them, you’ll absolutely be in your element in the classroom.
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4. You know how to ÷ and conquer
Teachers are the masters of multitasking! How are your juggling skills? As a maths teacher, not only will you need to plan lessons, teach and set homework for dozens of students, you’ll have to mark, write reports, chat with parents and help out with school duties.
5. Your care factor is 100%
Think about all the best teachers you’ve had – they really cared about their students, right? Teachers need to create learning environments where everyone feels supported and respected. If you’re the first person to always jump in to lend a helping hand or give encouragement, teaching could be for you.
This article originally appears in Careers with STEM: Maths & Data 2021.
Author: Louise Meers
Louise is the production editor for Careers with STEM. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.