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Imagine That You Are A Teacher For One Day Essay

Job description
The majority of teachers are primary and secondary school teachers. They generally choose a specific grade level or area of specialty in which to teach. Teachers are responsible for planning and then evaluating student performance. They are then responsible for promoting growth through providing additional assistance and meeting with parents and school staff to discuss student development and ways to improve current teaching methods to better suit students.

It is a teacher’s daunting task to add life to their student’s school day by generating interest in all subject areas, even those that can be tedious for most students. They work to create lesson plans tailored to their students’ level of cognitive ability and interests. Nowadays, teachers are working to move away from traditional methods of teaching and using more creative and abstract ways of presenting topics to their classes.

It is important that they have a good sense of humor and the ability to think like their students. They must also be comfortable dealing with a wide variety of personality types and ability levels, while still treating all their students equally.

A day in the life?
It is most rewarding for teachers when they really make a difference in a child’s life, when they are able to ignite curiosity and growth in their students. But as much as teaching can be rewarding, it can also be frustrating and stressful when dealing with unmotivated students, large classes, and heavy workloads. Most significantly, teachers will sometimes have to deal with unruly behavior and violence from students. In addition, schools in inner cities and poor communities are often run down and lack much needed resources.

Despite the seemingly short workday teachers put in, they tend to work longer than the average 40 hours a week clocked for most occupations. This is due to the preparation, paperwork, and grading that must occur outside of normal school hours. Many teachers work part-time, especially teachers for preschool and kindergarten. While most teachers work a 10-month school year with two months vacation in the summer, some work summer programs or at other jobs. Preschool teachers working in day care settings will often work year round. Most states have tenure laws regarding the termination of teacher jobs. This means that teachers are provided some job security in that they cannot be fired without just cause and due process. Teachers that have successfully completed a probationary period of about three years are qualified for tenure.

Education and training
All 50 states and the District of Columbia require public school teachers to be licensed, whereas licensure is not required for private school teachers. Teaching licenses are given by the State board of education or an advisory committee. Requirements vary depending on the state, but all states require candidates to have a bachelor’s degree and to have completed an approved training program. It normally takes about 5 years to receive your bachelor’s degree in elementary or secondary education. Approximately one third of all states require that teachers complete training in technology as part of their certification process. In addition, some states have strict minimum grade point averages for teaching licensure, and others even require teachers to have a master’s degree in education, which takes at least one year longer to obtain than the bachelor’s degree. The majority of states require candidates be tested for basic skills such as reading, writing, teaching, and subject matter of choice.

States have requirements for teachers concerning continuing education and renewal of licensure. In addition, many states offer alternative teacher licensure programs for people who have bachelor’s degrees in the subject they wish to teach, but do not have the coursework required for a teaching license. The programs are meant to attract recent grads and career changing individuals into the profession of teaching.

Following are national median salaries for teachers at various primary and secondary school levels, based on 15 years of experience.

Grade Level

Median Salary

    Teacher’s Aide






    Elementary School


    High School


Source: Salary.com, September 2003
For this month’s salaries: Salary Wizard

According to TeacherLinkUSA, New Jersey currently pays its public schoolteachers the highest average salary in the nation, $53,280, with South Dakota coming in last at $30,260.
Job outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for the teaching profession are expected to be above average and excellent due mainly to the large amount of teachers retiring in the coming years. There will be increased competition for teachers with impressive backgrounds, with some states attempting to lure teachers from other locations with bonuses and higher pay. States seeing the highest enrollment increases in teacher programs are the south and west, while the northeast and midwest may experience declines. Enrollments will rise in grades nine through twelve and remain steady for all other grades through the year 2010. School location of course plays a role as well, with the lowest enrollments existing in inner cities and rural areas, and a shortage of jobs existing in suburban areas.

Related occupations
With additional education or training, teachers often move into such positions as librarians, reading and curriculum specialists, and guidance counselors. In some school systems, teachers can become senior or mentor teachers that hold additional responsibilities in guiding other teachers, and enjoy higher pay. Other related occupations, requiring similar skills and aptitudes, include school administrators, adult educators and trainers, college and university faculty, childcare workers, social workers, and coaches.

Victoria C.

Reflection Time:
I would change the desk seating arrangements more often because I would like to sit with new people instead of sitting with some people for that whole term. I would also change the lockers more often as well so everybody has a turn of a top locker and a bottom locker.

I would add cooking lessons because junior school students don’t get to do cooking and it is important to learn more about healthy food, unhealthy food and how to prepare and cook food. I would also add design & technology because it is fun to design and sew your own clothes. I would add TV review lessons where we get to watch something on TV and we have to write a review on it and say what was good and bad about it.

I would take away PDHPE lessons because they are boring and I already know about things like road safety, the food pyramid and DR ABCD. I would also take away our English Skills book because we already have a Spelling and Grammar book where we do work in it that we do in the English Skills book. I would take away handwriting because it is a boring activity and we write everyday so we don’t really need to do handwriting.

I enjoyed Novel Study in Term 3 because the book Spilled Water was a good book and liked the activities to choose from on the grid. I also enjoyed the HSIE plays. I am playing the role of a bushranger and it is very fun.

I disliked Novel Study in term 4 because it wasn’t as fun as reading a novel like we did in the other terms and also because I found it hard to get all my work done in time.

I would’ve had more drama lessons, more library at least two lessons a week, more art at least three times a week and more French lessons at least two times a week.

I would’ve had less maths not every day but three times every school week. I would’ve also had less debating because it is boring and it is too hard for some students. I would’ve had less Spelling and Grammar because we have it every week and sometimes I can’t find time to finish all the activities.

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