Career - Primary School Teacher
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Grade 1 Teacher
Describe a typical day:
I start the morning teaching literacy with a particular focus on reading and writing. After recess, I teach an hour lesson on maths. After lunch, I will have a lesson teaching integrated studies (studies of society and the environment), thinking skills, values education, computer skills and library.
Did you study maths in years 11 or 12? Why did you choose maths?
Yes, I studied maths in years 11 and 12. I generally enjoy maths and like taking on a challenge. It was also a necessary requirement for entry into my university course.
Did you study maths as part of your Uni course? What kind of maths?
Yes, there were several subjects covering a range of maths topics including number, measurement, chance and data, space and shape. I was also taught how to teach these concepts and some different activities that could be helpful to use in the classroom.
Do you use maths at work?
I teach and assess a variety of maths concepts. Maths is also used in my planning of different activities - it enables me to decide which activities to logically group together and which sequence to run the activities in. Also, maths is used in assessment - averaging test scores and working out percentages for tests.
Why do you like your job?
I love teaching my kids! I love seeing them grow and develop academically, socially and emotionally. They are heaps of fun too and always make me laugh! The daily interaction I have with a wide variety of people including students, parents and other teachers provides a stimulating environment in which to work. Also, the variety in my day is great - every day is different.
What aspects of your job (if any!) do you dislike?
Do you have any advice for someone considering this career?
Try to do some work experience in a primary or secondary school, to see how it runs and to get a feel for what is involved. It might also be good to speak to some teachers that you know, to see how they feel about their career!
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