Career Story: First Grade Teacher In A Suburban School District

First Grade Teacher In A Suburban School District

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work in a suburb of Boston.

Education: MA, Education Technology, Lesley College

Previous Experience: I have taught 1st and 2nd grade over the past twenty years and am currently teaching first grade.

Job Tasks: My primary responsibility is running a first grade classroom. I also am responsible for a boy with cerebral palsy this year. He is confined to a wheelchair and cannot speak. He uses a Dynavox to communicate. He also uses the computer for writing. However, he only can use one finger to type. He can not pick things up or write with markers or crayons.

I am in charge of reading groups, daily math lessons, science, social studies, and a writing curriculum. We try to integrate all our units in the curriculum areas.

Our day starts out with quiet reading at seats, 9:00 calendar, morning meeting, Morning Message (a letter to class), followed by Handwriting and journal free-write, where kids draw a picture and write a caption of 2-3 sentences to go with the picture. After this there's a quiet period, then Title 1 reading groups, Literacy centers (such as Listening, poetry corner, computers making words, building sentences using magnet words.) Later on, we have a phonics lesson or science or social studies, with whole group of students on a rug. Recess is followed by lunch, then from 12:35-1:20 "prep" children go to specials, including computer, gym, art, music, computer. 1:20-1:30 drinks bathroom 1:30-2:15 Everyday Math 2:20-2:30 pass out papers and get ready to go home. At 2:35 the children go home. Homework is given every night. The schedule changes as we progress in the year. Handwriting lasts until Jan. Afterwards that time slot is given to more units of study.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is working with the children. The children are usually very happy and enjoy coming to school. They get excited about all lessons and projects we do through out the year.

The worst part about the job is having to deal with DSS. It is extremely frustrating working with some families and trying to get them help!

Job Tips:
1.) Take many reading courses in college.

2.) Make sure you are organized!!!!

3.) Take a few behavior management classes.

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

You've found Ashford University, where school comes to you. Earn your bachelor's or master's degree online.

  • Programs: AA/Early Childhood Education, MA/Education - Child Development, BA/Early Childhood Education, more...
  • Degrees: Associate, Master, Bachelor

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: Early Childhood Education - EdS, Early Childhood Education - Doctor of Education, Early Childhood Education - PhD in Education, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate

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: Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies, M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Baker College is proud to be the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available. With one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country, our mission is to help our students find meaningful employment.

  • Programs: Elementary Mathematics - Additional Endorsement - Certificate
  • Degrees: Certificate

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

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

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 and Learning, more...
  • 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

Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.

  • Programs: Instructional Design & 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