Career Story: Eight Grade History Teacher At A Public School

Eight Grade History Teacher At A Public School

Job Title: Educator

Type of Company: I work for a school district in Northeastern Massachusetts.

Education: MAT Teaching History, Tufts University

Previous Experience: I worked as an Americorps Literacy Coordinator for Lesley College and Tufts University.

Job Tasks: I teach eighth grade social studies to approximately 98 students. The course I teach focuses on the roots and origins of American Government. Students examine key documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

My daily work consists of teaching four heterogeneous classes of students for one hour each. I use an online grading program called "Snapgrades" to communicate with both students and parents about student progress. I work with four other teachers who are responsible for all of our students and the other core subjects: mathematics, language arts, and science. On our team we also have a special needs teacher who helps to coordinate and implement service plans for students on individualized education plans.

I am also responsible for advising the eighth grade leadership program called, Clipper Crew. These students plan and organize events for students within the building and run our school-wide recycling initiatives. For example, this group planned and implemented a reading buddies program with the fourth graders. In addition, I co-advise the student council with a colleague in my school. This group consists of thirty students from grades six through eight. I also coach the Middle School cross country team and the high school Ultimate Frisbee team.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is that I interact with all types of students. I truly enjoy the students in the community. There are so many ways for me to become more involved with them that I can get to know each of them in many different ways.

The worst part of my job is that I have limited interactions with adults. I am with students for most of the day and have limited opportunities to develop team strategies for students with other professionals. The other worst part of my job is that I do not have "down time." I am constantly on to the extent that I rarely leave my classroom for bathroom breaks.

Job Tips:
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