Being a teacher in a high school


French, mathematics, history and geography, life and earth sciences, living languages, music, visual arts, physical and sports education, philosophy, etc. : the general disciplines taught are numerous.

The technological courses are also very diversified: industrial sciences of the engineer, design and applied arts, management and management, health and social, laboratory sciences, agronomy and living, hotel and catering, techniques of music and dancing, etc.

However, the mission of the teacher, whatever his discipline, remains the same: to develop the knowledge and skills of the students, their critical spirit, to lead them to become citizens, to accompany them in professional discovery and to advise them in their choice of orientation. post-baccalaureate and professional.

In high school, it is a question in particular of deepening with the pupils the knowledge of the discipline taught, of developing their capacity to handle concepts and to express ideas.

At the heart of the educational community, the teacher ensures the individual monitoring and evaluation of each student by verifying the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and skills, in compliance with the programs of the discipline. In first and final classes, teachers prepare high school students for further studies, for the baccalaureate exams and support them in their choice of orientation.

There are three sets of missions for high school teachers:

 missions related to the teaching service  : preparation and research time necessary for the completion of teaching hours, monitoring, evaluation and student guidance activities inherent in the teaching mission, work in a pedagogical or multi-professional team, relations with the parents of pupils,

the additional missions carried out by certain teachers, through specific responsibilities for carrying out educational actions in the interest of the pupils. These missions can be exercised at the level of an establishment or at the academic level.

His daily life: pedagogy at the service of student success

Professional in learning methods, the high school teacher builds his lessons in accordance with the programs to support the progress of the students and the class throughout the school year, taking into account the various profiles of the high school students.

It provides 18 hours of lessons per week . But his work is not limited to class attendance. Added to this are the missions related to the teaching service: lesson preparation time , correction of homework and monitoring of relations with the parents of students., class councils, etc. He may also be required to write exam papers, supervise tests, correct exam papers or participate in juries. He can also carry out the mission of head teacher and, thus, contribute to the information and the follow-up of the operations of orientation of the pupils for which he is responsible.

The teacher must also carry out cross-disciplinary educational projects with his colleagues , for example by setting up interdisciplinary activities or class outings, as a team and in partnership with associations or institutions.

Member of the educational team, he contributes to the design and implementation of the school project. He participates in the action of the educational community, cooperates with the parents of pupils and with the partners of the National Education to support the pupils throughout their course. He is involved in the life of the establishment by being part of the educational council or the board of directors.

Open to others, he has a taste for dialogue and knows how to involve the entire ecosystem that he builds as a team around the student: parents, external contributors, etc.

How to teach in high school?

To become a teacher in high school, it is necessary to follow, after a bachelor’s degree , the training of the MEEF master’s degree specializing in the teaching, education and training professions. This includes, in its teaching oriented towards the practice of the profession, a preparation for teacher recruitment competitions. The competitions are organized at the end of the second year of the master’s degree.

To teach a general discipline, you must have passed the CAPES national competition . To teach a technological discipline, you must have passed the CAPET national competition .

Once they have passed the competition, the winners are appointed trainee teachers and assigned to an academy. Winners of external competitions must hold a master’s degree to be nominated.

The adaptation of the initial training course supposes that an adequate time, different according to the course, is devoted to it. This .

In the course of the year, they formulate wishes for their first assignment as full professor.  They then become certified teachers . It is also possible to teach in high school by holding the aggregation competition.

Paid from his work-study year, a certified teacher starts at 2,000 euros gross monthly, once established. After thirty years of career, he can earn up to 3,626 euros gross monthly (excluding allowances and overtime).

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Career: a job that allows you to progress in your professional life

The high school teacher is required throughout his career to update and complete his knowledge through continuing education . Teachers can also evolve in the exercise of their profession or change activity within the National Education.

Those of them who wish to progress to other functions have privileged interlocutors to support their projects within the academic services , with the human resources departments -in particular the mobility/career advisers-, but also with the staff of school inspection and management staff .

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