Elementary School Teacher

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An Elementary Teacher's responsibilities, working hours, working schedule, working locations and salary...

The responsibilities of an elementary school teacher requires you to plan and teach lessons such as reading and math, and skills, such as study skills and social skills. Teachers also have to assess students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. They also have to grade students’ assignments to monitor their progress and communicate with parents about their child’s progress. Elementary teachers have to work with individual students to challenge them and overcome their weaknesses. Many kindergarten and elementary school teachers work the traditional 10-month school year, with a 2-month break during the summer. Some teachers may teach summer programs. Teachers in districts with a year-round schedule typically work 8 weeks in a row, are on break for 1 week, and have a 5-week midwinter break. Teachers work in public and private schools. Some private early childhood education programs have preschool classes in addition to kindergarten. The median annual wage of kindergarten teachers was $51,660 in May 2010.

Education, Schools, Skills, Job Outlook, and Advanced Opportunities of an Elementary School Teacher...

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license. To get the bachelor’s degree you can go to Elmhurst College, NIU, Lewis University and many other schools. Some important skills that teachers have is creativity. Teachers must plan lessons that engage young students, adapting the lessons to every student’s learning style. Also, they need instructional skills. Elementary school teachers need to be able to explain difficult concepts in terms that young students can understand. In addition, they must be able to get students engaged in learning and adapt their lessons to each student’s needs. Patience is also big in educating an elementary student. Patience is needed to work with students of different abilities and backgrounds. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must respond be patient when students struggle with material. Employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because of both declines in student–teacher ratios and increases in enrollment. However, employment growth will vary by region. Elementary Teaching is not the only option of teaching there is out there. There are jobs as career and technical education teachers, middle school teachers, high school teachers, a professor in college and even a social worker or counselor