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One Day as a Teacher: What to expect and what to do?

Although just about everyone who went through public or private education had a teacher, not many of us can easily remember what it actually was like to have a teacher. And unless you have worked as a teacher in some fashion in the past, it is very difficult to imagine what it actually is like to be a teacher. However, most teachers will tell you that the art of teaching is a rewarding, challenging and unforgettable experience. Here are some of the things that you are likely to learn and experience in a day as an average elementary school teacher.

Classroom management is extremely important

This is probably the single biggest surprise most people experience when they get a chance to teach. While it is important to know your material and to be able to convey it in an effective manner to your students, the truth of the matter is that if you cannot keep your students in line, you will not be able to teach anything at all.

Many new teachers find themselves full of knowledge about the latest instructional techniques and theories, but soon come to realize that none of this means anything without the ability to keep students in their desks. Veteran teachers, on the other hand, may not have the latest theories from educational departments and teaching programs, but they will almost always have their own tried and true methods of keeping students off the walls and ready to learn.

As a result, if you are thinking of starting a career as a teacher, the first thing to focus on should not be whether or not you have a passion for your subject or whether you are the fun man or woman who loves to be around kids and share knowledge. Rather, what you’ll need to focus on will be whether or not you can manage a lot of people much younger than you who don’t know why they should be listening to you instead of having a good time. Once you’ve got that figured out, everything else comes easily in teaching.

A teacher takes a hand opens a mind and touches a heart.

Anonymous

The adults in the building are often just as challenging as the students

This is another surprising element of teaching that takes new teachers by surprise. Once you have the basics of classroom management down and your students can more or less sit in one place, you’re likely to find the administrators in the building to be your next challenge.

No one likes taking orders and no one likes to be micromanaged, but most schools have very definite pecking orders and teachers are very close to the bottom. Finding ways to fit in all of the requirements of the principal, the superintendent, and the board of education can be more challenging on some days than finding ways to keep your students from throwing paper airplanes at each other.

Challenges in students can often be traced to challenging parents

Finally, nearly every experienced teacher will tell you that difficult students almost always come from difficult parents. This is particularly evident whenever parent and teacher conferences roll around.

Single Subject Studying Is Harming Our Education

A troubling trend for many countries around the world is the rise of one subject focused study. Another way of putting this is that children are being trained to study only the things that relate to their potential future job. Whatever career path the child feels that he or she is on today is the one that they remain completely focused on until graduation. This may not sound like such a bad thing at first but consider the fact that there are many children who may have a very inaccurate idea of what they truthfully want to be. They could be wasting years of time (and plenty of taxpayer money) studying for things that are not going to be relevant to them in the future.

This problem has come in part as a result of a lack of funding for education. With not enough funds to go around, school districts are forced to make certain things priorities over others. They are often cutting back their art programs and more just to make room for what are considered the “core” subjects. Given this, students are being denied opportunities that their forerunners got without any question. Children are thus being forced out of learning about certain fields of study that they may be best suited for. Unfortunately, the problem only gets worse.

The way that the modern economy works, only those who hold a college degree can have any real expectation of holding a decent paying job. There are some who can get by without a college degree, but these cases are rare. Most without a college degree are struggling. As such, many parents are finding it to be the reasonable thing to do to try to encourage their children to narrow in on their focus in school. They want them to be as prepared as possible for a college education.

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.

Marilyn vos Savant

Many parents are almost forcing their children into fields that they may not actually have any interest in. Every year magazines release information about which college degrees pay the most in their fields. When parents see this, many want their children to get involved with these programs in order to be successful. Although their intentions are good, these are misguided actions.

Children have been shown to do best when they have a broad range of subjects to study and consider. They learn more about themselves and the world at the same time. If your child’s school is cutting back on certain programs, then you may consider helping your child to receive these vital skills through some other means. There are plenty of after school programs that would be happy to enroll your child into programs for the things they are missing out in their school day. It is important to try to avoid over scheduling your child too, so you will need to consider this as well.

It is unfortunate that many children feel that they have to narrow down their studies into one program, but that is the way that it is working so far these days. If you do not want this path for your child, then start to be proactive right now.

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