dcsimg

Career Story: Fifth Grade Science And Technology Teacher

Fifth Grade Science And Technology Teacher

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!

Popular Schools offering Elementary Education Teaching Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.

  • Programs: Early Childhood Education (Certificate Only) - Online, Early Childhood Education (MEd plus Certification) - Online, Early Childhood Education (Master of Education) - Online, more...
  • Degrees: Certificate, Master

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: General Education - Doctor of Education, E-Learning - EdS, International Education - EdS, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

  • Programs: MA in Teaching - Elementary Education, M.Ed. Teaching and Learning - Elementary Education , M.Ed. Teaching & Learning: History, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Associate

Pursue your education at Pacific Oaks College.

  • Programs: M.A. Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential, Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, Multiple Subject English Learner Teaching Credential, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor

Concordia University - Portland offers several fully online 14-month Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs and a fully online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program.

  • Programs: M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies, M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Equity, Ethics, and Justice, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Abilene Christian University (ACU), founded in 1906 and affiliated with the Church of Christ, has a long and proud heritage dedicated to educating students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. Instructors teach students how to think critically and globally in each of their respective programs, while still maintaining a focus on their particular program of study. ACU is an academically notable institution top ranked by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges", as well as The Princeton Review and Forbes.

  • Programs: Master of Education in Higher Education
  • Degrees: Master

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) recently received state approval to enroll students with little to no prior college experience. To help ensure student success, the university has created a program especially for these students who plan on starting their college experience for the first time with us.

  • Programs: MS - Teaching and Learning
  • Degrees: Master

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. 

  • Programs: Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology, PhD in Instructional Design and Technology
  • Degrees: Certificate, Doctorate

Abilene Christian University is a national leader in Christian higher education and a place where students, faculty, staff and alumni make a real difference in the world.

  • Programs: Doctor of Education in Organizatonal Leadership - Higher Education Track, Doctor of Education in Organizatonal Leadership, Doctor of Education in Organizatonal Leadership - Conflict Resolution Track
  • Degrees: Doctorate

You’re serious about success. With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7.

At AIU, the Serious U, you can get started to get ahead.

  • Programs: Master's (M.Ed.) - Curriculum and Instruction for Educators, Master's (M.Ed.) - Instructional Design and Technology
  • Degrees: Master
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Elementary School Teachers

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Elementary School Teachers, including:

Back to Top
SPEAK TO AN ADVISOR 1.844.285.6104