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Career Story: Spanish Teacher At A Small Elementary And Middle School

Spanish Teacher At A Small Elementary And Middle School

Job Title: Teacher

Education: BA in Spanish Boston College •• MA in Spaniah language and literature, Boston College •• Numerous Post graduate credits from Univerity of Maryland, University of Virginia

Previous Experience: Taught at Boston College for 2 years, Uiversity of Maryland overseas, aide to kindergarten and preschool handicapped classrooms in Dodds schools, High school, Spanish teacher 2 years.

Job Tasks: I teach Spanish in grades 1-8 at a small Catholic School. The Middle School program is actually a high school level Spanish class and the students will gain credit on their high shcool transcript for this class.

I teach four days a week and I am constantly on the go. I do not have my own classroom, therefore carry all I need from room to room on a wheeled cart. The children are delightful, enthusiastic and enjoy learning Spanish and about the Hispanic world.

A typical day includes preparation at school and at home. I usually spend about two hours a night correcting or planning. Summers are free for recertification classes and vacation. A teacher must pass state exams for certification and once that has been achieved must obtain 180 points over the next five years to retain that certification. Each three credit course is worth 90 recertification points but you may also attend professional development workshops, mentor a fellow teacher, write articles for journals and work on local curriculum committees to obtain points as well.

Much of the effort of the job involves varying instruction to reach all learners and making a classroom inviting and lively with language.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best thing about my job is the satisfaction in seeing the students learn. They are excited and energized. Their ability to conduct a conversation in Spanish is thrilling.

The hardest thing is planning well. It is difficult to reach all kids all the time and that makes it a challenge. Also there are extra jobs a teacher must perform in order to facilitate the smooth operation of the school. Carpool, clubs and curriculum work is always added to your day.

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2. Seek out other teachers for opinions and help. We are all willing to lend advice or even hands on help if needed.

3. Take the Praxis teacher's exam as soon as you graduate college while your skills are strong.

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