Pros: occasional long term assignments, teaching varied lessons, creating lesson plans, flexible work schedule
Cons: no healtcare, paid vacation, or work during the summer months
A typical day at work usually begins with greeting my students at the door, introducing myself, taking the attendance, and advising my students of the classroom rules for the day. Over the past 5 years, I have learned that I enjoy teaching more than I thought I ever would. I have also learned that there are different learning styles, and it is is important to be able to teach to the various styles in order to make sure each student is able to "receive" the lesson in order to apply it to their assignments, tests, and their lives. Establishing classroom rules early on plays a huge part in being able to effectively manage a classroom, especially when teaching children. My co-workers often include teaching assistants (special ed), and sometimes the teachers themselves as I assist them in their classrooms. I enjoy working as assistant teacher and as the teacher of the day as each experience is an opportunity to learn and grow my own teaching skills. The hardest part of my job is working in schools where there is a lack of support system from the school's administration team. The most enjoyable parts of my job are when I work in long-term assignments where I am allowed to create and implement lesson plans, maintain consistency with classroom rules and management, issue grades, create and implement incentives such as student of the week/month, and seeing the "light bulb come on" when a student "gets it (in the lesson)."