Career Story: Second Grade Classroom Teacher

Second Grade Classroom Teacher

Job Title: 2nd Grade Classroom Teacher

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

Education: BA in Elementary Education, St. Michael's College •• Masters in Elementary Education & Curriculum Design, Fitchburg State College

Previous Experience: I have always been an elementary teacher since graduating college.

Job Tasks: I teach second grade students in all subject areas and curriculum. Currently I have 23 students in my class who are between the ages of 7 and 8 years old. I am responsible for teaching reading, phonics, vocabulary, math, writing, social studies, science, and a social curriculum.

As well as teaching students academic material I want to establish caring and trusting relationships with all my students. Student success in the classroom is based on how safe and comfortable they feel in the classroom. It is my job to establish this type of environment.

I work to develop and plan curriculum with my grade level colleagues. Together we set learning goals for students and differentiate the curriculum based on the readiness level of our students. Some lessons are taught whole class and some and taught in small groups based on ability level.

I meet with families and parents to conference about student progress and to set future goals for students. I complete progress reports which grade students on their academic abilities.

During a typical day at work I am constantly juggling the learning needs and emotional needs of my students. Having 23 students in the classroom keeps me very active and I am always teaching, listening to problems, and helping to scaffold student learning.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is that I get to work with wonderful children. Everyday is a new experience. The students give me hope and make me laugh. It is amazing to watch a child grow and make progress academically, emotionally, and socially. I feel as though I can make a positive difference in my students' lives.

The worst part of my job is feeling as though there is never enough time. With large class sizes and budget cuts I am not able to teach as effectively as I have in the past. It is difficult to give each child what they need to learn successfully and achieve their best.

Job Tips:
1. I would advise other teachers or beginning teachers to take the job one day at a time. You never feel like you are finished, there is always more to be done in this career.

2. I would advise teachers to focus on improving with each new year. Each group of students is completely different and teachers may have to adjust their teaching styles accordingly.

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