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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.

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