Teaching Job Locations And Grade Levels

Would you like to become a teacher but aren't sure where to teach? Here are some ideas to consider as you plan your career.

A century ago, becoming a teacher more than likely meant that someone with barely a high school diploma would give lessons at the one-room country schoolhouse. But that has certainly changed these days. Now anyone with a teaching certification can choose to go almost anywhere in the world and teach any grade level, from preschool to post-college. Here is a brief rundown of some of the possibilities:

1. Preschool and kindergarten. If you enjoy working with young children and helping their minds to expand, this age group may be ideal for you. Teachers offer basic concepts in language, math, and science, with additional lessons in social skills and etiquette. Children who are preparing to start elementary school often love their instructors and classes. Discipline problems, if any, are likely to be random and controllable with consistent teacher attention and rule enforcement.

2. Elementary level. Teaching grades one through six is a fun way to practice creativity and inspire young folk to succeed and be proud of it. Learning to spell, read, write, and do basic math facts along with simple science are some of the prevalent goals for this age group. Pupils will benefit from the multiple-intelligence theory of learning that includes spatial, kinesthetic, and problem solving. Discipline, if reinforced consistently, should not become a major problem with normal class size and teacher supervision.

3. Middle school and secondary level. At this academic juncture, students are moving into adolescence and getting more involved with sports while developing interest in the opposite sex. All of these things can detract from the classroom learning experience. Teachers can assist by giving more hands-on assignments and incorporating emotional intelligence training as well as the traditional curriculum. Behavioral problems may be established as a negative pattern for some children at this point, and will require consistent monitoring by the instructor along with disciplinary intervention and follow-up.

4. College. Postsecondary education may require for instructors to have a master or doctoral degree. You may prefer to teach at a two-year campus, such as a technical school or a community college or branch campus, or at a four-year college or university. Graduate teaching is another option. With institutions of higher education located around the globe, you could possibly choose almost any country and find a teaching position if language were not a barrier. Discipline specialization is important for instructors and eventually for students. Discipline can be handled more commonly at the classroom level first, and ultimately, for serious situations like assault or plagiarism, at the administrative level.

5. Workforce development. You may wish to work with companies by providing training seminars or professional development opportunities. Marketing your skills is one of the challenging objectives associated with this level of teaching, but working with professional adults, is exciting and meaningful. Companies around the world often seek professional or skilled consultants in a variety of business and organizational training opportunities. You may work with small companies or large organizations.

Whatever age group or professional level you may be interested in, there is a classroom--or boardroom--of students awaiting you. So get your certification and get busy!

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