About Elementary School Teachers
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The impact of an Elementary School Teacher during the early and formative years of a child's life is significant from both an intellectual and social development perspective. From impacting their self-image to affecting their success or failure in school or work to their personal lives, Teachers play a critical role.
For the most part, Elementary School Teachers work in private or public education institutions, teach several subjects to a classroom of usually between 10 to 35 children from first through sixth grade. In some schools, many grades are grouped together, and in this scenario, a team of Teachers will work together where each provides instruction on specific subjects. In other schools, some Teachers provide instruction in one subject but to a number of classes. Whether through classroom lectures, visual presentations, or one-on-one instruction, Teachers instruct children in a variety of subjects such as math, science, art, history, geography, English, and more. They also employ a variety of methods to teach students basic skills.
An increasing number of Teachers specialize in teaching special needs children (e.g., those with speech delays or non-English speaking children). These specialists will perform instruction in separate classes or schools. There are also Resource Teachers who consult with classroom Teachers, work individually with children, or focus on the coordination of special education programs.
Teachers will often work with children from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Therefore, it is important for Teachers to be aware of and understand different cultures in order to work effectively with a diverse student population. To address the needs of all students, regardless of cultural heritage, Teachers may include multicultural programming in their lesson plans.
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