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A Day in the Life of a Teacher
The majority of teachers are employed by elementary or secondary schools. Their focus is a specific subject or grade level. Before arriving at the classroom, teachers create lesson plans tailored to their students' levels of ability. At school, usually beginning after 8 a.m., teachers must begin the difficult task of generating interest in their students. A good sense of humor and the ability to think like their students help teachers captivate their students' attention. Teachers have to generate interest in subjects that students often find tedious. Rousing their interest and watching their curiosity grow is a giant reward of teaching.
One teacher said her favorite aspects of teaching are “the creative challenges and the joy of seeing learning occur. Teachers must have high expectations of their students and also be able to empathize with their concerns”. They must be comfortable dealing with a spectrum of personality types and ability levels, and must be capable of treating their students fairly. About a fifth of a typical teacher's work week is devoted to their least favorite aspect of the profession, paperwork. Most secondary teachers have a block of time each day, called a professional period, to accomplish paper grading; however, all teachers report that this is not enough time. Teachers also perform other duties, such as assisting with recess duties, greeting people on site, assisting libraries, sporting events, student activities, and parent clubs. Teachers also need to be accessible to parents. Some teachers meet with parents once per term, others send progress reports home each month. A teacher may be an adviser to the school yearbook, direct the school play, or coach the chess team. Often they receive a stipend for leading the more time-consuming extracurricular activities. Teachers may also be requested to act as chaperones at a certain number of after-school functions, such as dances and chorus concerts. All good teachers agree that the main reason for entering this profession must be a desire to make a difference in the lives and futures of their students.
Our Teachers & Staff Drive
Our district strives to create a work atmosphere for its teachers that is collaborative, supportive and stimulating. A productive learning environment for students depends on the ability of our teachers to share ideas and best practices with other educators and to have access to the most up-to-date training in the field of education. By recruiting the very best education professionals, we can be sure of the continued success of our students.