What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Elementary School Teacher in Monroeville:
"Initial hours of work."
Stick with it! It gets better and you will get better! Keep the kids first. Be equitable and fair. Keep learning all there is to know about teaching. And always pay it forward. Someone will have helped make you better, so do the same for someone else!
Elementary School Teacher in Lowell:
"Standardized Tests Determine Your Competency."
Realize the measure of your competency as a teacher will be determined by the outcome of a state administered standardized test. Any administrator who tells you otherwise is lying. Their performance is measured by the entire school's test results so naturally they will address the teachers whose students scored lowest first.
Elementary School Teacher in Atlanta:
"Most Rewarding Job."
It is important to love the job and not the compensation. It's not just a career, it's a Calling.
Elementary School Teacher in Saratoga:
"Don't become a teacher."
You are underpaid, under appreciated, and your fate lies with politicians. I hope you REALLY love kids. The perks of your job include bagels on teacher appreciation days. People who barely see their own kids will tell you how to improve your teaching. Remember these words: assessment, essential questions, and especially- professional responsibility. Don't ever believe you are making a good salary. I have been working for my district for 11 years. I make 42 dollars per hour. That's the hours they pay me for. Trust me, in reality I make about 20 dollars per hour. Did I mention that I can only get paid for 6.5 hours per day and 183 days per year? No overtime, and the only opportunity to make more money means working summer school. Plumbers make 45 dollars an hour and they can work as much as they want. Again, I hope you really like kids. Luckily I do. I just wish teaching wasn't such a disappointment.
Elementary School Teacher in Corpus Christi:
Retirement preparation should begin with employment to supplement state retirement pay. Many school districts offer additional instruction in education. Take advantage of this bonus.