What it’s like to be an elementary school teacher – Part 9

A National Board Certified Teacher explains what an educator’s life is really like. The series is a value-added collection of Best ClassAntics Posts EVER! Each post explains something about a teacher’s life and links to ClassAntics posts with relevant teaching tips.

Part Nine: We are just one of many teachers who work with your child

A classroom teacher is just part of the educational team.  Also important are special area teachers, resource teachers, and substitute teachers.

I have written many posts about special area teachers: talented people who instruct students in music, art, physical education (PE), library skills, and computer skills.  If your child attends the same school for many years, special area teachers know him or her quite well.

I often Consult special area teachers about individual students.  For example, I might notice a child has trouble paying attention in class, and I want to know if the music teacher or librarian and has seen the same thing.

To help my students get the most out of their special classes, I make sure that they know Special area teachers are EXTRA-special!  Students like to know if their music teacher is also a performer, or if their PE teacher just completed a triathlon.

Some teachers simply drop their kids off at special classes, but in my post on How to work with special area teachers, I share simple techniques for building relationships and helping students get the most out of their lessons.

Developing a knack for working with substitute teachers can really benefit students.  I have posts on How to Help Your Sub and how to prepare Emergency Sub Plans so you never have to go in at 5 am to make copies and write sub plans.

Do you have a degree?  Consider the Benefits of being a substitute teacher.  Seriously, you can learn a lot!  Subbing is helpful for parents who want to learn about the school environment or children’s book writers who want to interact with today’s kids.

My students also work with special education teachers, resource teachers, and other professionals.  I find that students really enjoy Showing thanks with class books.  The kids can reflect on what they have learned from these professionals and provide a nice keepsake.


 

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