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Career Story: Second Grade Teacher At A Public School

Second Grade Teacher At A Public School

Job Title: Teacher

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

Education: MA in Early Childhood Ed, Fitchburg State College

Previous Experience: I worked in three other public schools before coming here.

Job Tasks: I work with over twenty second grade students. I teach math, phonics, reading, vocabulary, science, social studies, geography, history, and social skills. I use small groups to differentiate my instruction. I write goals on the board and preview them with the students. I then typically have students work through a whole class lesson for part of the lesson. Students then work independently or with a partner for part of the remaining time.

An additional part of the lesson has the students working in small groups with me. I use small group instruction for phonics review, guided reading groups, and math groups. I have students turn and talk with a partner, use silent signals (such as a thumbs up), or write on their wipe off boards during whole class lessons so students are as involved as possible.

I also frequently have students share their thinking, their solutions to math problems, or their writing at the end of the lesson so they can learn from each other. Students are given ample time and opportunities to learn skills through multiple encounters with the subject matter. Students are also as many hands on activities to help with their learning. Manipulatives and music are used as often as possible.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: One of the best parts of my job is, of course, the students I work with. Each one is unique and brings something special to the classroom. I also enjoy all of my colleagues as we all work well together. The curriculum is comprehensive and well put together for all curriculum areas. The wide range of special needs of students with less support is the hardest part of my job.

Job Tips:
1. I would recommend an elementary degree as opposed to an early childhood degree unless you really want to teach kindergarten.

2. I would also recommend taking special needs courses or to get your degree in this area as you will be most marketable. Try to start working before you get your master's degree as you are more affordable.

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