A high school business teacher instructs students in business at a secondary school level that in turn leads some students to pursue a business degree or improves the student’s business knowledge and career skills. They teach business curriculum such as basic economics, resume writing, business careers, account checking, computer keyboarding, and literacy skills. Working with computers, a business teacher instructs and teaches students about spreadsheets, word processing, graphics and databases. They prepare the students business assignments and exams, grade the papers and evaluate the student’s progress. While teaching the instructor maintains classroom order, sets acceptable behavior from their students and enforces school rules.
Along with teaching students business curriculum, the teacher often works with other staff members, teachers and students as advisors on committees and high school extracurricular activities. Business teachers need an effective and motivational teaching method, which often makes their students want to learn more and become interested in business, possibly as a career choice or leave with skills that the student can use no matter what career choice they make. They work with other staff members, administration and parents regarding their student’s difficulties or progress.
A high school business teacher’s job outlook, along with other postsecondary school teaching positions, will continue to grow due to the increasing population and increasing school enrollment. Teachers require the ability to motivate students, be creative, and communicate their ideas well, while possessing patience, fairness, tolerance and a sense of humor, as teaching is often very stressful. Watching their students learn is one of the greatest rewards for the hard work a business teacher puts into their job.
Common work activities include:
- Reviewing and researching all curriculum requirements for the particular grade level and coordinates with other business teachers in the high school.
- Developing daily lesson plans and learning expectations for students based on required learning outcomes.
- Teaching lessons to students, applies concepts to real business experiences and answers students questions regarding applications of the material.
- Setting projects and assignments, developing and administrating examinations and grading projects.
- Keeping appropriate classroom records either through grading books, computer programs or a combination of both.
- Entering data into report cards, meeting with students and parents to discuss issues and accomplishments and supporting student progress.
- Participating in other school activities as a support, participant or sponsor.