Job Careers: Preschool Teacher

Preschool teachers prepare young children to enter kindergarten and begin a formal plan of education in a public or private school.

Preschool teachers are some of the most beloved people in the world. Young children adore teachers who are introducing them to the wonderful world of exploration and learning. Parents greatly appreciate their children spending time in a creative environment away from home and getting ready for school in a year or two.

Offering instruction in a preschool environment is both challenging and rewarding. Holding preschoolers' attention is not an easy task. And organizing a lesson plan to meet the needs of these agile but undeveloped young minds takes a bit of planning and effort. But with persistence and dedication, the task will pay off when you watch the joy with which the children reach learning goals.

Preschool programs can encompass a full day, a half-day, or several days a week, rather than five. A teacher may be required to teach the class by herself or she may be assigned a teaching assistant. State regulations will prescribe the number of students per class, usually around five or seven, depending on whether the teacher has parents to help or an assistant.

The teacher will need to be certified in preschool instruction, which can be sought at the local community college or university. A preschool center must be licensed to operate. Far from providing mere supervision or child care, the preschool schedule includes many types of learning activities, from reading aloud to the kids, making art projects, learning to recognize numbers, and practicing social skills while eating or during play.

Children who attend preschool often seem to have a good grasp of learning techniques that will prepare them to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Being around other kids can assist with their social development. Preschool teachers will have a sense of how to coordinate these activities for optimum outcomes.

Teachers will have to write reports on each child's behavior and progress. He or she may have to prepare state reports and develop policies or procedures for the facility's operation. Lesson plans will have to be constructed to help the kids meet age-appropriate objectives. Supplies may need to be ordered, monitored, sterilized, and repaired.

Physical problems like head lice or unexpected injuries must be evaluated. Children with psychological, emotional, or physical symptoms of various disorders will have to be reported to authorities. A preschool teacher may have to report an intoxicated parent who attempts to drive the child home at the end of the day, or one who does not arrive to pick up the child on time. Teachers must hire, supervise, evaluate, and fire staff. They must remain upbeat and positive for the children's sake and to encourage parents and staff. Preschool teachers often plan or participate in after-school events, like PTA organizations or talent shows along with holiday programs.

A preschool teacher's job can be difficult, but it is never boring. Watching a little one's eyes shine with excitement or the joy of a job well done will stay in your memory for years to come. For more information, check teaching job sites or get in touch with the Department of Education.

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