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Transcript of Teacher
The duties of a kindergarten teacher are to prepare and teach the material to students according to approved curriculum. They lead students in activities to help them with their daily physical, mental and social development and their school readiness. They evaluate the students progress and they discuss the results with the students parents and school officials. They identify each individual students learning needs and each teacher participates in staff meetings, educational conferences and teacher training workshops.
Each kindergarten classroom has a kindergarten teacher and paraprofessional. An average kindergarten classroom has 20-23 students. Some kindergarten classrooms also have student teachers or Professional Development School intern. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in their child's classroom. The everyday routines typically involve of morning meeting time, language arts centers and math centers. After the students have lunch and recess most classrooms schedule consists of kids writing, science, social studies, and play activities.
Some of the requirements needed to be a kindergarten teacher is a bachelor's degree in education as well as additional training are required to specialize students with special education or that have a second language instruction. All teachers must have a provincial teaching certificate. All teachers require a university education.
Why Kindergarten Teacher
Some of the most important skills and abilities you need to be a teacher are communicating (ex. Explaining ideas clearly when speaking or writing. Reading and understanding written information. Listening to others and understanding them.)Working with people (ex. Teaching using different methods.) reason and problem solve (ex. Notice when something is wrong or is going to go wrong. Use reasoning to discover answers to problems.) Manage oneself, people, time and things (ex. Manage your time and the students time wisely. Check how well the student is doing, as well as going back and forth in between lessons and not getting confused.) Use math and science (ex. Use math and science skills to solve problems with and without the student).
Being a teacher is an amazing job for starters. Becoming a teacher can help you get rid of student loans. There are government programs out there that will pay some of your student loans if you teach in a high need school district. No other job will let you have summers off, and a spring break, and a great Christmas break as well. Teaching can be a highly rewarding career. Seeing that you have made a difference in the lives of many students is something that doesn't ever get old. School systems (public schools) usually have a great benefits system, including a great retirement.
Being a teacher comes with a lot of people looking over your shoulder (ex. administrators, the parents and etc.) sometime teachers salaries don’t change. While you do get a lot of time off in the summers, you put in a lot of extra hours outside of the classroom planning lessons, grading, curriculum writing. It all takes place on your own time. Dealing with students/parents is not always the easiest thing in the world. Depending on where you work, you may find that your students aren't ideal, or that your parents are not supportive.
Some of the working conditions for a kindergarten teacher are interpersonal relationships (ex. teachers spend most of their time interacting with children and parents. A teacher is often placed in conflict situations. There responsible for the health and safety of young children. Sometimes teachers end up dealing with angry or unpleasant children or parents. They speak in front of large groups on a weekly basis. They also communicate with coworkers, parents, and children in person on a daily basis.) Physical work conditions (ex. often work indoors, but sometimes work outdoors for supervising activities. A teacher may sometimes be exposed to diseases and infections. A teacher may be exposed to a noise level that they are not comfortable working in.) Work Performance (ex. They make decisions on a weekly basis that strongly impact parents and children. Teachers are able to set most tasks and goals for the day without talking to a supervisor. They must meet strict deadlines on a monthly basis.) Hours/ Travel (ex. You may work part time or full time, but most teachers work 40 hours a week. A teacher may end up working extra unpaid hours on planning, parent meetings, and other non-classroom duties. They usually work a ten-month school year with a two-month summer vacation.
Preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and secondary school teaching requires a variety of skills including a talent for working with children. These are many of the few jobs related to a teacher. Postsecondary, counselors, teacher assistants, education administrators, librarians, childcare workers, public relations specialists, social workers, and athletes, coaches etc. are also some of the other jobs related to a teacher.
A kindergarten teacher makes an average wage of $26.17. They make $53,400 a year, Depending on the individual employer, benefits will vary. You might be surprised to read how little some teachers make. A teacher makes $40,000 starting salary for all pre-kindergarten -12 teachers. As the teacher has more experience teaching, there salary progresses and by three years the salary would become approximately twice as much more from before.
I chose kindergarten teacher as my profession because I think that this job is a job that I will enjoy doing in the future. I can’t say that I’m not going to be a teacher because I’m still in elementary school and I also can’t predict that I am going to be a teacher in my future. But I can say from my experiences helping and taking care of little kids I have learned a lot and that experience have made my comfort zone rise and has helped me get out of my comfort zone. Some the experiences that I have had with helping a kindergarten class are reading to them taking them to the bathroom, helping the teacher with cut outs, teaching the student how to write.