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Career Story: Physical Education Teacher In An Elementary School

Physical Education Teacher In An Elementary School

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a school district in suburban Boston.

Education: BA, Science, Springfield College •• MA, School Administration, American International College (currently attending)

Previous Experience: I worked as a summer program counselor planning and instructing physical activities and games for children. I was promoted to assistant director helping to oversee the entire program including arts/crafts, swimming lessons, physical activities and games.

Job Tasks: As a physical education and health teacher, my main responsibility is to educate children about physical, mental, and social health and encourage children to participate in lifelong activities that promote all three.

A typical day on the job includes lesson preparation in the morning followed by three second/third grade classes. I then take some time to eat lunch and do more lesson preparation. Next I have lunch or recess duty where I help supervise the children in the cafeteria or on the playground. I usually have two classes in the afternoon followed by bus duty in the gym one day a week.

After school, I spend some time organizing my thoughts and materials before heading home. Once at home, I spend a good chunk of my free time planning for future lessons and reflecting on previous lessons. To be a good instructor you have to be willing to put the time in even when you are not on the clock being paid to do so.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The absolute best part of my job is helping build the foundations of America's youth. Seeing a student smile or say how much he loved your lesson is worth more than any dollar amount. Teaching offers a lot of rewards.

The worst part of the job is having to deal with co-workers who are just here to collect their paycheck and do not value the children and the profession as much as I do.

Job Tips: Be patient and always put the students first when making decisions. Work with integrity and use your best judgement . Have passion for what you do and let it show. Once you have become an educator, spend time expanding your knowledge to keep it current

Additional Thoughts: If you are planning on becoming a teacher, take your college course work seriously, especially that of your apprenticeship. Experience in the classroom is definitely the best teacher. Be open to making mistakes early, because you will make plenty of them. If you are patient and reflect upon your experiences in a positive way, you will have the ability to become an exemplary educator touching the lives of an enormous amount of children.

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