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Physical Sciences Teacher

Share your scientific knowledge of the physical world.

What does a Physical Sciences Teacher do?

A Physical Sciences Teacher specializes in physical — or “non-living” — science, as opposed to life science. Anyone who’s familiar with horror movies knows that all science basically boils down to two things: the living and the non-living. While Filmmakers are obsessed with creatures that straddle both worlds, however — vampires, for instance, zombies and Frankenstein monsters — Scientists know that in real life, everything falls into just one category or the other.

When you’re a Scientist or a Science Teacher, therefore, you typically specialize in either life sciences — such as biology, botany, ecology, and zoology — or physical sciences, which encompass all “non-living” sciences such as astronomy, geology, chemistry, and physics.

As a Physical Sciences Teacher, you teach at secondary or post-secondary schools, including middle schools, high schools, or colleges, depending on your experience and education level. It’s your job to educate your students about the physical world. Depending on your students’ age and grade level, as well as the content of your course — you might be teaching a general physical sciences class, for instance, or a focused class in a single subject, like earth science — the concepts you teach might include thermodynamics, atomic structure, chemical reactions, rock formation, and Newton’s laws of motion, just to name a few.

Of course, your duties as a Physical Sciences Teacher also include supervising students, creating lesson plans, giving lectures, assigning homework, conferencing with parents, and giving exams. Ultimately, though, your goal isn’t giving students grades; it’s helping them understand the world in which they live.