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Career Story: Reading Teacher In A Grade School

Reading Teacher In A Grade School

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a school district outside of Boston.

Previous Experience: I taught in a private school for nine years and later worked for the gas and electric company teaching lessons on electrical safety in public and private schools. I then substituted for a while to get into teaching again.

Job Tasks: I teach children how to read, write and solve math problems at a primary level. I also teach them social skills such as getting along with others and to showing respect for people and things. I also show them how to become more responsible in doing certain tasks. I teach them how to become more independent and show them where they can find the solutions or answers to things if they have difficulty. Providing good examples and different ways of doing something is so important. I also try to give them choices in doing things so that they have some say in how they learn things. They can also pick a way that they understand so they can learn it. There is usually more than one way to learn something. It is also important to make it as fun as possible and relevant so that they know why it is important to understand it.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is working with the children. They are so forgiving to others and for the most part try so hard. Their excitement is contagious. Mostly everything is new to them and they grow so much in one year.

The worst part is not having enough time to accomplish what you can. Sometimes I think too much pressure it put on them at an early age. There is not always time to just play, everything is so scheduled.

Job Tips: You have to be very flexible because in a given day you don't know what is going to happen. You have to be a team player when working with other teachers in your grade level. You have to be willing to spend more time than 8 to 3. There will be weeks when things go smoothly and you won't feel rushed and other times when you will have a ton to do (report cards, conferences etc.) You have to be very organized.

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