Elementary teachers have the unique challenge of covering ALL of the Common Core Standards with students. And, they have the same group of students all day – a secondary teacher’s nightmare. The lesson plans, centers, activities, assessments, parent contacts, standardized progress reports, and standardized report cards chew up hours of an elementary teacher’s day.
It is the norm to find elementary teachers at school far past the final bell and on weekends, preparing for their classes. Oh, and don’t forget the countless hours and dollars (from their own pockets) they spend getting their classrooms ready during their summer “vacations,” too.
Yes, a lot of these duties are in an elementary teacher’s job description, and they chose this life because they wanted to inspire students and foster a love of learning in little minds. But, elementary teachers currently are facing added paperwork, dozens of assessments, and new curricula and materials on a near-yearly basis. And, with so many budget cuts in so many states, thousands of elementary teachers also are tasked with teaching the arts and physical education to students, as those are the first “extras” to be slashed in districts that are starving for funds.
Elementary Teacher TRUTH is the place for those heroes of education to share their stories, challenges, and frustrations as they deal with remaining positive and passionate for the little ones who rely on them for so much. The Elementary Teacher TRUTH submissions will be listed below, in alphabetical order.
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