Elementary School Teachers

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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

Video transcript

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.

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.

Teach academic and social skills to students at the elementary school level.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
Physical demands
Daily tasks

Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.

Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine student strengths and areas of need.

Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of elementary school programs.

Involve parent volunteers and older students in children's activities to facilitate involvement in focused, complex play.

Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.

Perform administrative duties, such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.

Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.

Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.

Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.

Read books to entire classes or small groups.

Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Coaching and Developing Others Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
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.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
History and Archeology Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.