How To Become An Elementary School Teacher [Infographic]

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By Kristin Marino

Perhaps more than any other profession, elementary school teachers hold the future in their hands. A career as an elementary school teacher could put you at the front lines in the pursuit and delivery of a quality education to every child in America. Projected employment growth for elementary school teachers is about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Find out more about elementary teacher education, training, earnings and advancement opportunities in the following infographic.

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Is this supposed to make me want to become a teacher. The only people who would strive for this are people who are earning less then the avg. salary. What we really want are motivated intelligent people who want a job that pays well. Then we can boost our failing education in the states. Right now we are hiring the people who want a mediocre salary and as ridiculous as it sounds, "There is likely to be great demand for teachers who...agree to work in less desirable school districts" is not going to get us the fantastic teachers we need.

February 24 2012 at 9:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sped Man

There is no shortage of teachers in Chicago. There is a surplus. They say there is a shortage in order to pump more new teachers into the system thereby displacing the last chop of teachers. Last year they closed over 10 public elementary schools. This year they plan on closing another 10 schools. In its place they opened up more charter schools. Their intend is to break the teacher union and get rid of tenured teachers.

February 18 2012 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I make more money than that working for myself. You have to be passionate about working with children. It's going to be a sacrifice. If you are trying to do it for a paycheck, you shouldn't do it.

February 18 2012 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't fall for this!!!

You will be expected to continue your education--getting college credits--throughout your career at YOUR expense (unlike in industry where they reimburse you or pay for it outright). You will NEVER be viewed as the professional you are. You will have to pay to supplement the pathetic curriculum your district pays for. You will work in some of the most awful places you can imagine. Little parental support. Poverty. Crime. Drugs. Lockdowns while the bad guys run through your campus. You will be vilified by the public and viewed as molesters. You will put into your CLASSROOM in the way of supplies and "room environment" AT LEAST 10% or more of your PERSONAL MONEY, and the deduction off your taxes dwindles every year (and is supposed to be eliminated this year). If the children in your classroom are in want or need, you will be expected to SUPPLY the funds to meet that need. You will have books, desks, and chairs thrown at you. You will be subjected to students who say "f-you" and walk out of the room. If you try to have order and discipline in your room, you will be sabotaged by your own administration After a lifetime of teaching, I can tell you--what they say in the article above is clap-trap!

February 12 2012 at 9:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Being Nice does not make a good teacher. Being Polite and Particular makes a good teacher. Your readiness to teach starts with your Background Experiences and Training at home, at school and in the community. Were You Expected to Use and Did You Develop Time Management Skills? Do you have Behavior Management skills ...starting with yourself? ...and Leadership skills to get children to stop whatever and focus on listening/watching, as well as to Work Without Disturbing Others? Do You Have Effective Time Management Methods/Technique Skills? Do you make Time? Can you Break Down and Clarify information for study? Do you take time to Evaluate children's work, and, when necessary, Check-up/Reteach/Refine privately at your desk or the child's desk while others are doing assigned work? Do you give Additional tips, Practice, etc. to help develop Mastery? Are you Organized? Are you Polite when there is a Problem? Do you know how to Demonstrate? Do you know how to teach a Study Skill using the material of Each Subject matter you teach: (1)Science-take Notes together at least 4 months until class masters while Reading, the Location of main ideas, details and organize them on paper; 2)Science-Demonstration Skills: simple healthy food recipe demonstration and tasting/written recipe info; 3)Soc.St.-Basic Reseach skills-collecting and organizing main ideas and details; and Written Report-content, organization; 4)Reading-analyze people, motive, cause/effect, pro/con; 5)Math-organization of numbers on paper when using numerical processes ; 6)Publisher's Spelling Book-letter sounds and applying to basic words, syllabication understanding when writing, or breaking down a word to read; 7)Writing-demonstrating, practicing specific letter Shapes, Size, Slant; etc. Do you like to make something better than it was? Do you like to fix things? Do you care about Every child? Do you have enough skills, love, patience, persistance to deal with a wide range of personalities, performance levels, materials, etc. Do you inform and Explain expectations, reasons and how to children and Parents? Does College teach any of this??? If you are effective, You will be able to take the ups and down, re-evaluate and tweek what is necessary to be able to develop this within 5 years of teaching experience. The Children and Parents will be blessed, but so will You. (Why don't Administrators make sure they coordinate and train their 'Class' of teachers, just as teachers do students?)

February 12 2012 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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"Tweak." Not tweek.

February 12 2012 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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February 12 2012 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

unclecrackre, if it so easy, you try it. You would fail just like most of the other trials in your life.

February 12 2012 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

unclecrackre, if it so easy, you try it. You would fail just like most of the other trials in your life.

February 12 2012 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The advice I would give to you would be don't become a teacher. I have been teaching for 16 years and while the kids are still great everything else is more and more difficult. I do not want my two children to enter education unless something changes dramatically.

February 12 2012 at 12:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

You said it Nub!

February 11 2012 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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