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I usually have two classes in the afternoon followed by bus duty in the gym one day a week. 46 After school, I spend some time organizing my thoughts and materials before heading home. Once at home, I spend a good chunk of my free time planning for future lessons and reflecting on previous lessons. To be a good instructor you have to be willing to put the time in even when you are not on the clock being paid to do so. Best and Worst Parts The absolute best part of my job is helping build the foundations of America's youth.

The worst part of my job is dealing with the school's administration and with parents. They can make or break my year. There are really great parents, of course, and they'll support you in anything you do. But there are always one or two who will make you want to turn your back on teaching forever. An administrator who supports you makes your job far easier, but when you have one who doesn't... Job Tips Know that teaching kids this age isn't as easy as it looks. You need to be very organized and you will have to use your personal time and money to make ends meet!

Three days a week, I go to one school where, throughout the month, I work with 51 third through fifth graders, taking a class at a time outside to teach them experiential, hands-on science activities. We focus on natural science activities centered around wildlife, plants, insects and spiders, butterfly gardening, trees, ecology, bird observation, and creek and pond life. The rest of the time at that school, and the other two days at the other school, I teach approximately 8 small literacy groups per day.

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