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Career Story: Full-Day Kindergarten Teacher In A Suburban Public School

Full-Day Kindergarten Teacher In A Suburban Public School

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a school district on Long Island, New York.

Education: MA, Liberal Arts and Sciences, SUNY-Stony Brook

Previous Experience: None of my jobs prior to teaching were related to this field of work.

Job Tasks: I am in charge of educating 24 kindergarten children ages 4-5. I work in a full-day program and have no teacher's assistant. I am in charge of teaching the children letters, letter sounds and thirty sight words before they leave kindergarten. We have a formal reading program that helps them learn to read. We also have a writing program that introduces the children to different writing styles. They are writers from day one. When it comes to writing they are all on different levels and I have to help them all grow on an individual basis. We also have a math program that teaches the children numbers, sorting, patterning, ordinals and many other math skills.

In addition to the academic things I am in charge of teaching them I also have to socialize them and teach them to get along with one another. This includes how to be a good friend, sharing, taking turns and being a productive part of our class.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: There are may great things about being a teacher. I think the best part of teaching for me is watching a child grow. Not all children come to kindergarten at the same ability level and they will not all leave at the same ability level. However, they all make progress and this is always rewarding to watch. I think teaching allows you to expose children to new things and their excitement for learning is wonderful. The worst part of my job is probably when you have a child that is hard to reach. You feel like you have failed as a teacher.

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2. Get as involved as you can during your student teaching. Nothing compares to the hands-on training you get while you are in the classroom.

3. Stay organized while in school and doing your student teaching. You will have a lot on your plate and staying organized will keep you from getting overwhelmed.

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