What does an Elementary School Teacher do?

An elementary school teacher is responsible for creating a welcoming classroom environment. They are responsible for creating and executing lesson plans in the classroom. A few of the main duties of an elementary school teacher are creating and editing lesson plans, enforcing classroom and school rules, observe and evaluate student performance, and grade homework and tests. They also have to keep parents updated on their children. Some of the jobs titles that an elementary school teacher could grow into are principal and vice principal.

An elementary school teacher should have 2 years of experience in teaching and a Master's degree in teaching. One of the most important skills that an elementary school teacher will have is their ability to control a classroom. Another skill is empathy as the elementary school teacher will need to relate to their students. They also need to be able to report their classroom progress to the principal and vice principal.

What responsibilities are common for Elementary School Teacher jobs?
  • Keep the classroom under control
  • Develop lesson plans
  • Establish and enforce a set of rules for the classroom
  • Keep parents updated on their child's progress
  • Prepare students for standardized tests
  • Monitor the halls in between classes
  • Encourage students to learn as much as they can
  • Recognize problematic behavior in students
What are the typical qualifications for Elementary School Teacher jobs?
  • Master's degree in teaching
  • Empathy to care for students
  • Ability to control a classroom
  • Great scheduling ability
  • Great organizational skills
  • Great communication and listening skills
  • Ability to communicate issues to parents
  • State teaching certification
  • Ability to get the most out of any student
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Bellevue Union School DistrictBellevue Union School District
Elementary Classroom Teacher
2 Apr 2023

“Everyone wanted to help everyone and it was very nice as a first year teacher.”

Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD)Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD)
Secondary Classroom Teacher
16 Jul 2022

“23 and now is July and I don’t know if I will be getting a salary increase or just nothing.”

Capital SchoolCapital School
Classroom Teacher
8 Jun 2023

“The previous head teacher was really hard to work with and what I understood the next one is no better by rarely supporting teaching staff.”

Appoquinimink School DistrictAppoquinimink School District
Classroom Teacher
13 Mar 2022

“People are nice and helpful.”

Constellation SchoolsConstellation Schools
4th Grade Teacher
13 Oct 2021

“i cant find any pros other than i get payed at the end of the week”

Brooklyn Center Community SchoolsBrooklyn Center Community Schools
Second Grade Teacher
17 Jul 2023

“Good benefit and okay paid annually”

Magnolia ISDMagnolia ISD
Elementary Bilingual Teacher
18 Aug 2023

“Nice friendly environment close to nature.”

Elementary Teacher
10 Oct 2022

“My classes have such low enrollments that I am unable to get even minimum wage per hour any more.”

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