Does anybody have experience or stories about teaching in an elementary school?
I’m approaching the end of my undergraduate education, and am trying to figure out where I want to focus my energy in the next stage of my life. There are so many possibilities, but a path I am seriously considering is early childhood education.
I will receive a degree in Theater and Environmental Studies, and though this is certainly not the only possible application, I think I could translate these passions into a classroom, both directly and indirectly. Theater and play are wonderful teaching tools, and it seems to me that a teacher is a performer in many ways. I am deeply concerned about the environmental and social problems our planet is facing, and though part of me wants to try to address them directly, I don’t think my destiny lies in developing and implementing technical solutions, but rather in working with language, culture and consciousness. Children are, as they always have been, our greatest hope for the future.
I am aware that teaching is a difficult job, and one of the reasons I’m gravitating towards elementary schools is that I’m not sure I could deal with the difficulties of working with older kids, both in terms of the systemic BS one has to deal with at that level and the intensity of the interpersonal drama, especially in high school. Though teaching elementary school is sure to have its own adversities, it also seems like a really amazing job, both in terms of the intangible rewards and the benefits such as summer vacations and good health care. Though the salary isn’t enormous, I really have no desire for much money, since I have no interest in a consumerist lifestyle.
I’d love to hear any stories anybody has about teaching kids, or anything anybody remembers about their teachers at that age.
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