Job Title: Teacher
Type of Company: I work for a school system in a suburb of Boston.
Education: BA, Science, Lesley University (Cambridge, MA) M.Ed., Education, Lesley University
Previous Experience: I got a job right out of college as a sixth grade teacher and then went for my master's part-time while I was teaching.
Job Tasks: I teach Kindergarten, a difficult job but a rewarding too.
A typical day can vary and no two days are the same. Daily plans include teaching reading to small groups of students, preparing math curriculum and executing lessons including game-like activities; setting up centers in the classroom that teach skills; keeping areas such as block area, dramatic play and the sand table clean; setting up computers with software and web sites so to make it easy for students to access activities independently; displaying the daily schedule; arranging the class for daily routines such as "Calendar," "Daily Question" and "Weather"; reading-aloud time and a writing activity that relates to the story; outside time; holding conferences with parents twice a year; complete progress reports twice a year; planning phonics lessons using cards and magnet boards; copying worksheets needed for writing lessons and phonics.
I also clean all the tables at the end of the day and talk to parents during pick-up times to tell them how their kids have been doing.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts of my job is interacting with the students and listening to the amusing things they say. I also enjoy watching their progress as the year goes by. Most students make huge gains.
The worst part of my job is the lack of respect I receive from the administrative staff. We are now expected to teach non-English speakers, students with severe learning disabilities, and students with behavioral problems with almost no classroom support.
1. Always have your plans ready. As a new teacher, it is difficult to teach a lesson without proper plans.
2. Be sure to have a good mentor who you feel comfortable getting help from. Never refuse help. Even parents can assist you with the preparations needed for class.
3. Do not hold another job during your first few years of teaching. You will most likely spend 10-12 hours a day at school. You will not have the time or energy to work another job. But don't worry: the longer you teach the more the overtime work will decrease.
4. Don't imagine for a minute that teaching is a six-hour-a-day job. You will work hard and long and will probably have work to do at home as well.
Additional Thoughts: Teaching has changed dramatically over the past ten years. It takes a lot of patience and energy to be a dedicated teacher. If you have the urge to teach and touch the lives of children, you will get rewarded by watching the students grow and learn. Students will gain respect for you and you will find out that is why teaching is so rewarding.
These 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.
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.
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.
Advance your teaching career with an online master's degree from University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.
Pursue your education at Pacific Oaks College.
Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.
Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Colorado State University-Global Campus
Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) recently received state approval to enroll students with little to no prior college experience. To help ensure student success, the university has created a program especially for these students who plan on starting their college experience for the first time with us.
Columbus State University is committed to delivering a deeply personal and relevant academic experience that prepares graduates to excel in their professions and to become leaders who guide, influence and inspire positive change.
LSU Shreveport is a proud member of the acclaimed LSU University System.
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.
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:
Please also see our detailed information about Kindergarten Teachers, including: