Elementary School Teacher Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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 Orange:
"How to run and manage a class."
Classroom management is the most important tool to ensure success. Collaberate with someone you admire.

Elementary School Teacher in Grand Rapids:
"So much with and for so little."
Continue to network on the side so you have a back up plan.

Elementary School Teacher in Lexington:
"Time management."
Use your time wisely.

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.

Elementary School Teacher in Fort Rucker:
"What type of Reading Programs are used?"
You need to be organized. Respect your principal, coworkers , and parents. Make your teaching experience. Fun for your students. Set high goals for your students.