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Career Story: Elementary School Teacher At A Public School

Elementary School Teacher At A Public School

Job Title: Teacher

Education: BS and MS in Education, Wheelock College

Previous Experience: I have been teaching in the public school for 25 years

Job Tasks: I begin school very early, preparing for my first class. The children come in at 8:20 AM and it is non-stop teaching until 3:00 PM - math, literacy, writing, phonics, science, social studies, etc.

I plan an hour of math everyday, which includes small group learning. They also have a math journal page or two and a math game to do in the hour. We have a morning meeting with chit chat, weather, calendar and we count the number of the day. They have snack and then read independently.

For reading, the children work in a small group with me. They also have folder work, a listening center and a literacy game. We also share reading and sometimes an activity with the story.

The chidren have recess and library, art, physical education and music during the week. These times that they are with the specialist (librarian, gym teacher etc.) and it is my preparation time .

Social studies and science is usually in the afternoon. We have writing - which is called writer's workshop - three times a week. Phonics is everday. Handwriting is also connected with phonics. They write the sentences I dictate.

Parent conferences are required twice a year, progress reports are done twice a year, which takes a great deal of time to do. There is also many assessments to do, formally three times per year, but assessments are really done on an ongoing basis. There is also social and emotional issues that arise and have to be dealt with. There are also meetings to attend, either in the morning or afternoon. It is a very busy day!

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Best: The progress the chidren make from September to June is very satisfying. Making a difference in the children's lives. Watching them build self-confidence as they learn to read or learn a new math concept.

Worst: Not having enough time in the day to do everything - always doing work at home.

Job Tips:
1. Teach from your heart. which means you really love being with children.

2. Also have humor.

3. Share your stories with the class

4. Have lots of patience and be ready for anything!

5. Always keep taking workshops and be willing to always learn new teaching concepts.

6. Spend time preparing for the subjects you teach, you need to be organized.

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