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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.

How to Learn Working with Computer

Most businesses require some level of computer skills these days. You don’t have to be fluent in Facebook to be employed, but you should have some basic knowledge of how to use a computer. The ability to read an email is going to be a valuable skill. How do you go about learning these basic computer skills if you have not already learned them?

Find A Good Teacher

Anyone under the age of 30 should be able to help you learn how to use a computer. It shouldn’t take you more than an hour or so to understand the basics of how to use a computer. Typing, email use and the ability to use Word should come a lot easier to you after this session. Exploring on your own can accelerate the rate at which you learn new computer skills.

Take Classes at A Community College

What should you do if you need to learn slightly more advanced skills? Some employers will expect that you know the basics of social networking and maybe SEO. While it is still relatively easy to learn, these skills might take more than a single session to fully understand. Find a night course at your local community college and you will learn what you need to know in short order. Your employer might even pay for the classes.

The computer should be doing the hard work. That’s what it’s paid to do, after all.
                                                       Larry Wall

Get Help Online

There are a variety of forums and information centres that you can access online. These resources can help you out with any questions you may have while using your computer. It can be a great way for a novice to explore and learn at his or her own pace. Trying to force someone to learn more than they can handle at any one time is just never going to work out well.

Learning how to use a computer can drastically improve your chances at getting a job. Most career fields are going to need you to use a computer to do your job. Learning how to use a computer can also introduce you to a new technology while you improve your job prospects. Don’t be afraid of computers because you do not understand how to use them. There are plenty of resources available to help you improve your skills.

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