Job Title: Teacher
Type of Company: I work for a school district in Connecticut.
Education: BA, History & Social Sciences, Eastern Connecticut State University MA, Education, SHU MS/Sixth-Year, Special Education, Southern Connecticut State University
Previous Experience: I was a business high school graduate who worked up to a managerial position in a hospital and dormitory furniture company. When the company closed, I returned to college.
Job Tasks: Teaching is a profession that basically involves every aspect of one's life. I personally feel it is important to serve as a role model or "practice what I preach". Whether a student sees me in the school setting or in social settings, I remain an exemplar. I cannot ask students to exhibit a behavior and lifestyle that I myself can't sustain.
As a teacher, I must address all learning styles and attempt to engage all students. To accomplish this, I try to get some knowledge of who my students are and what they're interested in. One way I do this is by greeting them at the door each day, seeing how they are feeling and trying to gauge what the general atmosphere of the class will be on any given day. Another way students can be assessed is by giving them opportunities to reason and discuss, by asking questions that lead to meaningful conversations.
I feel that the most important part of my job is to persuade students to take control of their own educations. Once a student has asserted control, he tends to take more of an interest in the process. Rubrics and other grading outlines assist students in not only knowing assignment expectations; they also map the way to completing a high quality assignment. This gives students control over the grades they'll earn. Most of my students tend to strive for the best, simply because they know what that is. Teaching is a profession that offers great rewards for the right person. It allows one to share talents and knowledge. A good teacher I feel, can enrich the world they live in.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is working with students and seeing them succeed. By offering them strategies to build on their strengths and weaknesses, many students find that they can be more successful and accomplish things they had previously found difficult. Once students experience success, they gain the confidence they need to be successful in their chosen paths.
I think the worst part of my job is observing students who lack parental support.
Job Tips: First, know yourself. Teachers need to be people who genuinely enjoy whatever age group of students they are teaching. While in college, have an advisor who knows your goal of becoming a teacher and LISTEN to her when choosing courses. Another important reminder: protect your reputation. Do not act in ways or put things on the Internet (and specifically Facebook) that you would not want your future employers or students to see.
Additional Thoughts: Most importantly, whatever you do in life, enjoy it. If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well.
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