Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

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Also known as:  3rd Grade Reading Teacher, 4th Grade Math Teacher, Elementary School Band Director, Elementary School Teacher, Grades 1 Thru 5 Teacher

ABOUT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER CAREERS

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Elementary school teachers play an indispensable role in the education of our nation's children. Because they work with children who are very young, elementary school teachers have a golden opportunity to help shape the educational, social, and moral development of children in many positive ways.
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Successful teachers are patient, empathetic, yet disciplined individuals who possess good communication skills and who are sensitive to individual student needs and cultural backgrounds. In addition to teaching students basic subject material, a teacher's responsibilities can range from maintaining classroom discipline to preparing report cards.

Duties also extend beyond the classroom to include such things as supervising extracurricular activities, meeting with parents to discuss a student's performance, grading tests and homework, and preparing lesson plans.

Elementary school teaching can be challenging work when having to deal with large classes or difficult children. But despite this, the chance to help children appreciate the joy of learning makes profession extremely rewarding.
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Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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DAILY TASKS Expand
Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine student strengths and areas of need.
Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of elementary school programs.
Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
Involve parent volunteers and older students in children's activities to facilitate involvement in focused, complex play.
Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.
Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
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Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Coaching and Developing Others Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Developing Objectives and Strategies Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
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Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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