Elementary School Teacher

A Day in the Life of an Elementary School Teacher

An elementary school teacher plays a very important role during the early, formative period of a child’s development. This is true from both intellectual as well as social perspective. It is during this stage that a child’s self-image is developed, which plays a critical role in determining success or failure in their school, professional or personal lives.

In most cases, elementary school teachers work with public or private education institutions, teaching several subjects to classrooms that are comprised of students anywhere between 10 and 35 from the first through the sixth grade. In certain schools, some of the grades are grouped together and a number of teachers are required to work together wherein each of them provides instructions on specific subjects. There are also other schools wherein a teacher provides instructions in a single subject but to numerous classes. By using classroom lectures, one-on-one instructions or visual presentations, the teachers instruct the children in a wide range of subjects like mathematics, art, science, geography, history, English, and other school subjects depending on the curriculum of the school.

Some elementary schools have Special Education Teachers that specialize in educating children with special needs (for example, those having speech delays, cognition difficulties or other learning difficulties). Separate schools or classes are allotted for attending to the needs of these specific children. There are a number of teachers who are designated as resource teachers. They consult with the classroom teachers, may work with children individually or coordinate special education programs. The teachers are often required to work with children who come from different cultural backgrounds. Hence they should have an open-minded approach while dealing with different students and also strive to develop an understanding of the different cultural trends and practices so that they can efficiently work with diverse student population. By including multicultural programming in the lesson plans, they can make the course curriculum appropriate for all cultural backgrounds.

The elementary school teachers are required to carry out a wide range of education-related tasks. Firstly, the teacher needs to prepare course objectives and outlines that are in line with the requirements of the state and school curriculum.  The teachers need to adapt various instructional methods, like computers, projectors and television to explain the subject matter to the students. This should be accompanied by grade tests and oral presentations. To make sure that the students are always kept abreast with the course curriculum, the teachers should regularly allot them with homework and assignments.

Besides the general tasks associated with the course curriculum, the teacher should also make sure that the students are maintaining discipline in the classroom, and evaluate them based on their general academic performance and overall behavior. Field trips are an important aspect of children education, and the teachers should accompany the children in such trips. They should also serve as reliable counselors on whom the children can confide. The teachers should also attend workshops, education conferences and professional and faculty meetings wherein discussions are held as to how the school instructional methods can be improved and how can the students be helped to perform even better.

Future School Teachers should review the curriculum of Schools and the application and hiring process of the State and School District. Each State and School District have different requirements, certifications and curriculums required for teachers.

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