Overall rating is a 4.
Pros: children's progress, benefits and pay, ongoing education
Cons: lack of space to work, oversized caseloads, taking lots of work home
A typical day at work is anything but typical. The best-laid plans do not always occur, as there are interruptions-everything from fire drills, to field trips, assemblies, or IEP meetings. It is quite important to show routines to the students as much as possible; yet, one also has to "go with the flow." I have learned incredible things mainly from students~things that all the workshops in the world may never teach you. It is that "hands on" time with students that educates a teacher more than anything you can read in a book. I have also learned that communication is key, whether one is setting up classroom expectations to students, speaking with parents, or dealing with other professionals who may not share your same ideals. It is important to maintain a professional stature among one's peers. I feel I have gained the respect of my peers because I consider all ideas. There is no idea that is "dumb." Being a teacher is like being a dancer in a fine ballet. The show will go off well as long as all the people are working together. The conductor (principal) is the most important key in the total relationship and ambience of the school. I have a principal who is an excellent leader and that is important for the staff to feel happy, accepted, and willing to put forth extra effort for students. The hardest part of the job is that you never "leave it at work." I am home doing the paperwork and online forms that seem to be neverending. Yet, it is all legal and required, so one does what must be done to get the job done right. The most enjoyable part of my job is working with my students. Seeing happiness on their faces as they enter my speech room, is worth a million dollars! Teaching has the greatest benefits and vacation time of any job I know. One works hard for 10 straight months and then the opportunity arises to recharge your batteries and start anew. It's refreshing and so interesting to start with many new students.