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Career Story: Elementary School Teacher In A City

Elementary School Teacher In A City

Job Title: Elementary School Teacher

Type of Company: I am an elementary school teacher in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Education: St. Cloud State University, MN----BS in Elementary Education

Previous Experience: I have worked in childcare for over twelve years. I've done private child-care, crisis care, preschool, toddler, and infant care.

Job Tasks: I am an elementary school teacher. I am responsible for teaching young children all the basic subjects; math, reading, writing, science, social studies, health, etc. It is my duty to make sure that the students understand, retain, and use the knowledge of these basic subjects.

I am responsible for teaching these young students how to be good, active citizens in their communities. I am responsible for teaching children how to behave and act in school and in life in general. I teach students how to problem solve, be kind friends, share, work in groups, and accept differences in others.

I am responsible for communicating with parents/caregivers about their children's needs and successes. I am responsible for observing, grading, and then holding conferences to pass on the students' progress.

Teachers need to be multi-taskers and they need to be creative and flexible. Teachers have many responsibilities in the classroom and need to be organized and have good methods for covering all the aspects of being a teacher. Teachers are team-players who bounce ideas off, share ideas with, and collaborate with their colleagues. Teachers put in many hours--many of which are on their own time at home or out of the regular teaching day.

I love my job and wouldn't trade it for any other occupation. It is very fulfilling and satisfying to see young students learn, get it, and apply the new knowledge they have gained.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of being a teacher is seeing students enjoy learning. It is amazing to see the light bulbs in their brains go off and to see the children get it and understand. It is very rewarding to see the progress and growth of these young human beings.

The worst part about being a teacher is probably the pay that we receive for the amount of work that we do. There is way more to teaching than one would believe and it often is not acknowledged or appreciated appropriately financially.

Job Tips: Be prepared to work tons. Teaching is way more than a full-time job. You will be putting in countless hours and not necessarily getting paid for all the time you spend working.

Be flexible. A teacher can never really know what to expect as each student is so different. What worked once, may not work again on another.

Use your colleagues. They have fabulous ideas and are very smart people. Share ideas and be supportive of each other.

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