What does an Elementary Teacher do?
An elementary school teacher has the responsibility of teaching and mentoring young children in basic subjects, like reading and math, in order to prepare them to advance into higher levels of education in school in the future. They develop materials and projects that are appropriate to the age of the students in order to encourage the child to learn and develop various skill sets.
Teachers meet with parents, guardians and others that may be involved in the education of the child and up-date, evaluate and maintain records of the students progress or special need. They would normally work during school hours and spend time in the evenings and/or week-ends to grade papers or lesson plan.
How to become an Elementary Teacher
A bachelor’s degree is usually required for this occupation, along with a state-issued certification or license. Extensive experience and knowledge in a work-related field is normally wanted, as well. Some on-the-job training may be given. Vocational training would also be advantageous.
Job Description of an Elementary Teacher
An elementary school teacher educates younger children basic academics, such as, math and reading, as well as, social and various other formative skills. They may work with a student individually or in larger classroom settings. They develop teaching methods to aid in instructing the students, like, demonstrations, lectures and/or discussions to meet their needs and interests. The educator has a clear objective for any lesson, projects or units and delivers these objectives to the children in a way that is clear and understandable.
They would encourage and establish behavioral rules and procedures to ensure children learn and maintain order. They provide consultation with guardians or parents of the student and give up-dates on the child’s progress or special needs or improvements. An elementary school teacher is a motivator for a student, encouraging them to persevere with challenges in learning or difficult tasks, thereby, preparing them to enter higher grade levels in the future. They develop, create and prepare classroom activities that aid in the educational and social development of the children.
The teacher would evaluate and observe the student in areas of physical health, performance, behavior and social development and, if necessary, use available resources to correct or enhance the child’s improvement in specific areas. They would read books to the students and offer many different materials and resources for them to use, such as, building blocks, boardgames or other tools that encourage learning. An elementary school teacher should have knowledge of the english language, such as, the rules of composition, the spelling and meaning of words and grammar.
They require the knowledge of training and education, psychology, mathematics and sociology among other areas of expertise. They have the ability to speak and write in a clear and concise manner and listen attentively to what is being communicated to them. They think creatively and can make decisions and solve problems. An elementary school teacher would normally work 10 months of the year.