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Career Story: Third Grade Teacher At A Public School

Third Grade Teacher At A Public School

Job Title: Third Grade Teacher

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

Education: BA in Elementary Education •• MA in Early Childhood Education

Previous Experience: I taught in NYC for one year and prior to that I taught 3rd grade in Minnesota and at a preschool for a year, as well.

Job Tasks: I am responsible for teaching 28 third graders each and every day. I teach everything from mathematics to reading to science and social studies. I also am in daily contact with parents via email and in person. I make sure to keep all lines of communication open at all times. I am also responsible for parent-teacher conferences, doing progress reports, keeping my classroom clean and organized, creating bulletin boards, and managing two teacher assistants. I have a wide-variety of students in my class. There are gifted and talented students, average students, and even special education students who all have a variety and learning styles and needs that must be met everyday.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I think the best part of the job is the daily rewards and challenges. There are so many opportunities during the school year for you to make a difference in a child's life. A difference that could make a lasting impression on a child for a lifetime. The hardest part of this year is to have so many students in my class. Twenty-eight children is a lot for any classroom. I don't feel like my students always get the individualized attention that they deserve with so many children in the class.

Job Tips:
1. Stay true to yourself.

2. Work as hard as you can!

3. Make sure you are not going into education for the money. It is an amazing job and I don't think we get paid enough!

4. You will have a great schedule with summers and lots of holidays off. If you have children, this is a perfect schedule for you so you can be off when they are off.

Additional Thoughts: The most important personal qualities to become a successful teacher are being organized, energetic, dedicated, positive, intelligent, quick on your feet, flexible, and being a great communicator to keep in touch with all of the parents.

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