Elementary school teachers typically work with children aged five through ten, and teach Kindergarten through grade five. These teachers play a critical role in the early development of children, and lay the groundwork for children’s entire future education success. Proper education practices during these formative years can affect a child’s overall learning and achievement ability throughout their entire lives.
Elementary school teachers use a wide variety of teaching techniques including: interactive games, videos, books, computer programs, props, and three-dimensional displays to help children comprehend and solve problems, develop thought processes, understand abstract concepts, learn basic subjects, and develop language. Elementary school teachers typically are responsible for one class of children and teach several subjects throughout the school day such as reading, math, science, art, physical education, and social studies.
Elementary school teachers are required to hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in education, and must have completed a certified teaching program. Some school systems may require teachers to hold a Master’s degree in child development, early childhood education, or general education. Elementary school teachers must regularly attend workshops and training seminars to stay abreast of new teaching methods and technology. Other recommended skills include: computer skills, record keeping skills, the ability to work well with children, a pleasant demeanor, and a flexible schedule.
The typical average salary of a new elementary school teacher is about $35,000 per year, while experienced teachers can earn up to an average of about $66,000 per year.