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Career Story: Sixth Grade Math Teacher In A Charter School

Sixth Grade Math Teacher In A Charter School

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work at a not-for-profit charter school in Boston.

Education: BA, Education, UMass-Amherst

Previous Experience: I have been teaching since 1989. I taught fifth grade from 1989 - 1996 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

Job Tasks: I teach sixth grade math to three sections a day. Section 1 is the group that contains the students who are having the most difficulty. Sections 2 and 3 are about evenly divided between the highest and middle achieving students. Each class begins with a "Do Now" which is a problem (or two) related to work that was covered the previous class . The rest of the class is split into example problems of a new skill being taught followed by independent or group work. Students then share their answers and any questions are answered or re-teaching is done.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is that I am doing exactly what I have always wanted. I am teaching at a school that really values the teachers and where the teachers are really hard-working. Most of the students are hard-working too and want to do well. The parents want their children to be at the school and will work with you to help their children succeed.

The worst part is that I spend hours upon hours correcting papers each night!!

Job Tips: If you want to go into teaching, make sure you are doing it for the right reasons, and not just to get the summers off. Most teachers I know spend summers taking more courses in order to improve their skills and to make sure their students are getting what they need.

If you are going into teaching, work (or volunteer) in a school setting as much as possible. Make sure it's what you want. But if it is, take any job you can get. Catholic and private schools will give you a great deal of experience, but not a great deal of pay. Look into charter and pilot schools if they are in your areas. You will learn a great deal and get experience at the same time.

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