I was responsible for the daily instruction and supervision of first grade students.
First Grade Teacher (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – July 30, 2015
A typical day at work for me consisted of doing tasks before my students arrived. If I did not have morning duty, I would typically lay out the day's materials and tidy up the room. Once the students arrived, they would go about our daily routine which consisted of them using the restroom and getting water, sharpening pencils, and completing the activity that was on the board. We would then come to the carpet to greet each other and participate in calendar activities. My first graders spend a lot of time on the carpet, especially when learning new material because I find it helps them understand concepts better when in close proximity to me and their classmates. The rest of the school day would consist of the children working independently, in groups, or one on one with me. At the end of the day, we would reflect on our day. What did we learn that day? What could we have done better? What did we do a good job on? After reviewing the homework assignment, students would have independent reading time, then be dismissed to go home. Once my students were gone, if I did not have a meeting to attend, I would return to my room and prepare for the next day.
The best part of my job is working with the children. Children are loving, and excited about learning and I feel fortunate to be entrusted with such an important task- that of educating young minds. The hardest part of my job is having a finite amount of time to get things done and having more and more tasks added to that finite amount of time!
Unreasonable demands on an educator's personal time