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.
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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