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Greatness in teaching is just as rare as greatness in medicine, dance, law, or any other profession. Although the qualities that make great teachers are not easy to inculcate or duplicate, understanding these qualities can give all teachers a standard of excellence to strive for, and guide schools in their efforts to recruit and retain the best teachers.
It’s true that I’ll “be in school for the rest of my life”, but you have no idea what a hidden treasure being a fifth grade teacher is. It’s like the biggest secret in education — fifth grade really is a blast.
Throughout the past year, CTI Career Search has conducted interviews with dozens of elementary school teachers to assemble a real-world view of the profession.
The longer I am involved in preschool and elementary education, the more I am convinced that our efforts with young students are among the most important and long-lasting.
Elementary school teachers interact with students of vastly different age groups, from the early ages of five or six, to the cusp of adolescence at 11 or 12.
Teaching elementary school appeals to those who love young children and want to make a positive difference in their lives. It also requires lots of patience, stamina, and nerves of steel.
An elementary school teacher has the job of teaching children from about age 5 to age 11.
When I refer to "teachers," I'm talking about true educators, not people who like to call themselves teacher.
In a recent article about happiness at work, Harvard professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter suggests that the happiest among us are those who are solving the toughest problems and "making a difference" in people's lives.
Teaching is truly a noble profession. It is also a very time consuming one, requiring a commitment on your part. Teaching can be very demanding but can also be extremely rewarding. Here are five things you should consider before taking up teaching as your chosen career.