An elementary school teacher is a person whose career involves educating students, typically those in grades one through six. Teachers at this level normally do not specialize in particular branches of education. Rather, they work to teach fundamentals and lay down educational foundations across a variety of disciplines, including reading comprehension, writing, arithmetic, science, and history.
Elementary school teachers must possess outstanding patience and an aptitude and enjoyment for working with children. It is important for elementary school teachers to not only educate; it is also important to provide detailed feedback on students to parents to help them best understand the future needs, opportunities, and challenging areas their respective children will require. The day-to-day work of an elementary school teacher will involve setting up detailed lesson plans across all subjects he or she teaches.
Elementary school teachers have an incredibly important job, and thus must be certified by most states to serve in this capacity. Teachers will typically specialize in elementary education disciplines in college, and they normally intern as student teachers. Most teachers often work long hours, including early mornings to start classes, afternoons to run extracurricular activities, and evenings to grade papers and set lesson plans. They normally work in school environments, including public, private, and parochial schools.
Elementary School Teacher Tasks
- Evaluate students and communicate progress with parents, guardians, and administrators.
- Plan, assign, and evaluate lessons, projects and tests.
- Maintain classroom discipline.
- Maintain accurate student records as required by laws and administrative regulations.
- Instruct elementary students individually and in groups.