Job Title: Teacher
Type of Company: I work in a rural Title I school in western North Carolina
Education: BA, Liberal Studies, California State University at Sacramento M.Ed., Western Carolina University
Previous Experience: I over the past twenty years I've taught the fifth, sixth and eighth grades.
Job Tasks: I currently teach fifth grade science. I have 80 students in 3 classes, 3 times a week. I also teach the same 80 students technology in 6 classes a week. My final class is geography: same students, 6 classes a week. These are my teaching duties, which also involve writing lesson plans, grading assignments and planning remediation. We also have faculty meeting and morning duty on different weeks. I also have an environmental club one afternoon each week.
Each year this can change. I might be moved to another grade; I haven't had this happen, but I could or I might leave a team teaching situation and move to a self-contained classroom. That is a classroom where I teach one class, but teach all subjects. I don't mind this, but it's a lot of fun teaching the three subjects I teach!!!
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is working with the kids in areas with which I have a passion. I love teaching science, technology and geography because they all tie into each other.
The worst part is all of the paper work and state testing. It's a lot of pressure. I often don't feel I have enough time to do all the work I need to do. We have a lot of requirements and it leaves little time for just fun stuff, which is also a part of learning!
Job Tips: Make sure you love what you are doing. It's not a job to do for the money. Have a passion for what you teach! Keep learning, don't ever become happy just doing the same exact thing each year. There are many opportunities to keep informing yourself as you further along your career.
Additional Thoughts: Work in a classroom as a volunteer or as a substitute. Get experience with kids before investing all the time of college and finding out you don't like to be around kids!
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