dcsimg

Career Story: Third Grade Teacher In A Suburban School

Third Grade Teacher In A Suburban School

Job Title: Classroom Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a school district in Randolph county, North Carolina.

Education: BA, Elementary Education, Pfeiffer University •• AS, Early Childhood Education, Wingate University •• National Board Certified in Middle Childhood Generalist

Previous Experience: I worked as a teacher's assistant, an interim librarian, a GED teacher, a fifth grade teacher, second grade teacher and a third grade teacher.

Job Tasks: I am responsible for teaching the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for third grade to a class of nineteen students. I plan for all subjects (reading, writing, math, science, social studies, health, physical education and computer skills) and implement my plans using best practices to meet the needs of the diverse needs of my students. I consistently reflect on my practices and adjust my plans to maximize learning in my classroom. I also supervise students' safety while they're boarding buses and cars and in the cafeteria, gym and playground areas. I collaborate with my fellow teachers to plan units of study and group children according to their educational needs. I research topics and develop themes of study to meet the goals for my grade level. I attend outside functions such as PTO fund-raising events and meetings to help raise money for my school. In addition, I attend ball games, dance recitals, and piano recitals of my students to encourage them in their outside activities.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is watching students discover the joy of learning. In addition, I am constantly learning new information and ways to teach this information to my students.

The worst part is giving a standardized test that is too long for my student's concentration abilities. The end-of grade tests are cumulative for the year.

Job Tips: You must love children and respect their backgrounds and core beliefs, even if they're different from your own. You must learn to work with parents who may or may not be supportive. You will put in 50 plus hours a week and rarely have a day on the weekend that you do not do paperwork. You will spend personal money for your students to have hands-on experiences.

Additional Thoughts: I knew that my job would be rewarding, but I never realized just how many lives I touch in my job. Students from years back will come and thank me for being their teacher. I consider my job to be a calling from God and take that responsibility seriously each day. The most important personal qualities for success as a teacher are love of children, love of learning, honesty, integrity, and a good work ethic.

Popular Schools offering Elementary Education Teaching Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

  • Programs: MA in Teaching - Elementary Education, M.Ed. Teaching and Learning - Elementary Education , M.Ed. Teaching & Learning: History, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Associate

Baker College is proud to be the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available. With one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country, our mission is to help our students find meaningful employment.

  • Programs: Elementary Mathematics - Additional Endorsement - Certificate
  • Degrees: Certificate

Advance your teaching career with an online master's degree from University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.

  • Programs: Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Degrees: Master

Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.

  • Programs: Early Childhood Education (Certificate Only) - Online, Early Childhood Education (MEd plus Certification) - Online, Early Childhood Education (Master of Education) - Online, more...
  • Degrees: Certificate, Master

Pursue your education at Pacific Oaks College.

  • Programs: B.A. Early Childhood Education , B.A. Early Childhood Education with Dual Credential, M.A. Early Childhood Education, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

Concordia University - Portland offers several fully online 14-month Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs and a fully online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program.

  • Programs: M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies, M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Equity, Ethics, and Justice, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: General Education - Doctor of Education, E-Learning - EdS, International Education - EdS, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. 

  • Programs: Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology, PhD in Instructional Design and Technology
  • Degrees: Certificate, Doctorate

Building on an innovative 25-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos, the University is just a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and an hour from the US-Mexico border. CSUSM enrollment is over 15,000 and the university is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

  • Programs: Master of Arts in Education, Educational Administration, Master of Arts in Education, Literacy
  • Degrees: Master

You’re serious about success. With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7.

At AIU, the Serious U, you can get started to get ahead.

  • Programs: Master's (M.Ed.) - Curriculum and Instruction for Educators, Master's (M.Ed.) - Instructional Design and Technology
  • Degrees: Master
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Elementary School Teachers

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Elementary School Teachers, including:

Back to Top