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Career Story: Fourth Grade Teacher In A Public School

Fourth Grade Teacher In A Public School

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I teach in a school district in Massachusetts

Education: MA in Teaching, Regis College •• BA in Humanities Social Sciences, UMass Dartmouth

Previous Experience: I worked as a Substitute Teacher, Instructional Assistant, Grade 1 Teacher, Grade 5 Teacher, Grade 4 Teacher.

Job Tasks: I am a Grade Four teacher in a public school. My classroom consists of 17 students (7 girls and 10 boys). I am required to follow the MA Curriculum Standards and Frameworks when planning my lessons. I teach 60 minutes of math every day and 90 minutes of ELA (English Language Arts) every day. Social Studies and Science are taught for 90 minutes weekly. My students attend art, gym, and music class which gives me planning time. I am to assist the librarian and computer teacher during their lessons.

Some students are on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). By law, I am required to follow these plans making learning possible for all.

As a teacher, I am required to get recertified every five years. In order to do so I attend 150 hours of professional development courses.

I am required to monitor the lunch room or recess three times a week and monitor bus lines every 5 weeks for a week. I am to attend two staff meeting a week after school hours.

I am observed by the principal randomly. She follows my lesson plan, observes my way of presenting and interaction, writes a review and then meets with me to discuss what she observed.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of teaching is every day is different!

Watching a child during the "aha" moment is wonderful!

The worst part is dealing with difficult parents.

Job Tips: If you don't like being confined in an office sitting in front of a computer all day, give teaching a try (you must like change and have patience though!).

Additional Thoughts: Surprises - not all parents are willing to "be there" for their child when needed.

To be a teacher you must be flexible, a team player, willing to take ideas as well as give, care about those you will teach, be available when needed.

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