Essay About Teacher For Class One Hitch

Job description
The majority of teachers are primary and secondary school teachers. They generally choose a specific grade level or area of specialty in which to teach. Teachers are responsible for planning and then evaluating student performance. They are then responsible for promoting growth through providing additional assistance and meeting with parents and school staff to discuss student development and ways to improve current teaching methods to better suit students.

It is a teacher’s daunting task to add life to their student’s school day by generating interest in all subject areas, even those that can be tedious for most students. They work to create lesson plans tailored to their students’ level of cognitive ability and interests. Nowadays, teachers are working to move away from traditional methods of teaching and using more creative and abstract ways of presenting topics to their classes.

It is important that they have a good sense of humor and the ability to think like their students. They must also be comfortable dealing with a wide variety of personality types and ability levels, while still treating all their students equally.

A day in the life?
It is most rewarding for teachers when they really make a difference in a child’s life, when they are able to ignite curiosity and growth in their students. But as much as teaching can be rewarding, it can also be frustrating and stressful when dealing with unmotivated students, large classes, and heavy workloads. Most significantly, teachers will sometimes have to deal with unruly behavior and violence from students. In addition, schools in inner cities and poor communities are often run down and lack much needed resources.

Despite the seemingly short workday teachers put in, they tend to work longer than the average 40 hours a week clocked for most occupations. This is due to the preparation, paperwork, and grading that must occur outside of normal school hours. Many teachers work part-time, especially teachers for preschool and kindergarten. While most teachers work a 10-month school year with two months vacation in the summer, some work summer programs or at other jobs. Preschool teachers working in day care settings will often work year round. Most states have tenure laws regarding the termination of teacher jobs. This means that teachers are provided some job security in that they cannot be fired without just cause and due process. Teachers that have successfully completed a probationary period of about three years are qualified for tenure.

Education and training
All 50 states and the District of Columbia require public school teachers to be licensed, whereas licensure is not required for private school teachers. Teaching licenses are given by the State board of education or an advisory committee. Requirements vary depending on the state, but all states require candidates to have a bachelor’s degree and to have completed an approved training program. It normally takes about 5 years to receive your bachelor’s degree in elementary or secondary education. Approximately one third of all states require that teachers complete training in technology as part of their certification process. In addition, some states have strict minimum grade point averages for teaching licensure, and others even require teachers to have a master’s degree in education, which takes at least one year longer to obtain than the bachelor’s degree. The majority of states require candidates be tested for basic skills such as reading, writing, teaching, and subject matter of choice.

States have requirements for teachers concerning continuing education and renewal of licensure. In addition, many states offer alternative teacher licensure programs for people who have bachelor’s degrees in the subject they wish to teach, but do not have the coursework required for a teaching license. The programs are meant to attract recent grads and career changing individuals into the profession of teaching.

Following are national median salaries for teachers at various primary and secondary school levels, based on 15 years of experience.

Grade Level

Median Salary

    Teacher’s Aide






    Elementary School


    High School


Source:, September 2003
For this month’s salaries: Salary Wizard

According to TeacherLinkUSA, New Jersey currently pays its public schoolteachers the highest average salary in the nation, $53,280, with South Dakota coming in last at $30,260.
Job outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for the teaching profession are expected to be above average and excellent due mainly to the large amount of teachers retiring in the coming years. There will be increased competition for teachers with impressive backgrounds, with some states attempting to lure teachers from other locations with bonuses and higher pay. States seeing the highest enrollment increases in teacher programs are the south and west, while the northeast and midwest may experience declines. Enrollments will rise in grades nine through twelve and remain steady for all other grades through the year 2010. School location of course plays a role as well, with the lowest enrollments existing in inner cities and rural areas, and a shortage of jobs existing in suburban areas.

Related occupations
With additional education or training, teachers often move into such positions as librarians, reading and curriculum specialists, and guidance counselors. In some school systems, teachers can become senior or mentor teachers that hold additional responsibilities in guiding other teachers, and enjoy higher pay. Other related occupations, requiring similar skills and aptitudes, include school administrators, adult educators and trainers, college and university faculty, childcare workers, social workers, and coaches.

Victoria C.

Mrs. Jennifer Epstein

Welcome to Second Grade, room 002 to the following students:
Weston, Lillian, Jessica, Zoey, Henry, Destiny, Taj, Ethan, Faye, Juan, Olivia, Nannette, Roman, Daliya, Miguel, Jocelyn, Mason, Jaden, Marisabella, Jaseilly,  Evalise, Cameren, Mick, Julia, Jolyn, Karolina, Natalie, Samantha and David

Monday-Music/Second Step

2nd Grade Class Syllabus
Welcome Parents!  2nd grade is such an important year to lay a strong foundation for your child’s school success.  2nd grade is a critical time for academic and social growth.  Academically, it is a year to focus heavily on foundational skills that will provide a successful future.  Reading and Math are the main focus in our curriculum. In reading students are expected to read double their words per minute rate to 90 wpm by year’s end.  Achievement in this area will enable them to read more challenging text as they continue through school.  In math, math skills (addition, subtraction, word problems, place value, time, money etc.) and fluency with math facts will be a critical aspect to being successful. The textbooks we use with our curriculum are Math in Focus textbook and Workbook, Time for Kids/Studies Weekly Social Studies, Science:Scholastic News/Science Weekly, Vocabulary:  Wordly Wise

The following is a condensed curriculum version of what your child should be able to do by the end of second grade. This is not a complete list of standards taught in second grade, but gives you an overall understanding of the goals:

Reading/Language Arts/Readers Workshop
Curriculum:  Lucy Calkins

The reading/language arts program includes reading, writing, listening, speaking, and research skills. The reading program includes phonics and comprehension skills. The writing program includes written comprehension, handwriting, grammar, and spelling skills. Research skills help students use information from books, technology, and observation.

By the end of second grade, your child should be able to:

  • Apply word attack skills

  • Identify main idea & details

  • Compare & contrast

  • Identify plot, setting, and character

  • Determine cause and effect

  • Draw conclusions and predict outcomes

  • Use the glossary and the table of contents of a book

Writing: Writers Workshop
Curriculum:  Lucy Calkins
Writer's Workshop is an interdisciplinary writing technique which can build students' fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing. The goal is to create students with confidence and fluency in the writing skills that will be necessary for secondary and post-secondary education.
By the end of second grade, your child should be able to:

  • write a personal narrative

  • write descriptive paragraphs

  • write opinion pieces

  • write persuasive essays

  • use correct form when writing a letter

  • recognize that words can have more than one meaning; and

  • identify various types of literature

Curriculum:  Math in Focus

The focus in mathematics is to learn and use basic facts and to understand mathematical concepts. Students study patterns, relationships and functions, numbers and operations, probability and statistics, and geometry and measurement. The goal is for students to be proficient in basic skills, develop conceptual understanding, and be skillful problem-solvers.
By the end of second grade, your child should be able to:

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.

  • Add and Subtract within 20.

  • Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.

  • Understand place value. Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens and ones; e.g., 706 equals 7 hundreds, 0 tens, and 6 ones. 

  • Count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s. Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.

  • Compare two three-digit numbers based on meanings of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.

  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.

  • Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.

  • Measure and estimate lengths in standard units.

  • Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve word problems involving lengths that are given in the same units.

  • Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication. Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members.

  • Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows and up to 5 columns;

  • write an equation to express the total as a sum of equal addends.

  • Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.

  • Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. 

  • Generate measurement data by measuring lengths of several objects to the nearest whole unit, or by making repeated measurements of the same object.  Show the measurements by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in whole-number units.

  • Draw a picture graph and a bar to represent a data set with up to four categories.  Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph. 

  • Reason with shapes and their attributes. Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes. Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same-size squares and count to find the total number of them.

  • Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc… and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths.  Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.

  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

  • Use appropriate tools strategically.

Science: NGSS
Curriculum:  Science Weekly/Scholastic News

There are three inquiry-based units of instruction in second grade. Students use inquiry skills such as observing, classifying, measuring, inferring, predicting, and conducting investigations to learn science concepts.
By the end of second grade, your child should explore a variety of concepts in the life, earth, and physical sciences, which include:

  • Air & Weather: Know and apply concepts that describe the features and processes of the Earth and its resources.

  • Know and apply concepts that describe properties of matter and energy and the interactions between them.

  • Compare large-scale physical properties.

  • Identify components and describe diverse features of the Earth’s land, water, and atmospheric systems.

  • Identify and describe patterns of weather and seasonal change.

  • Measurement: Know and apply concepts that describe properties of matter and energy and the interactions between them.

  • Compare large-scale physical properties of matter.

  • Know and apply concepts that describe force and motion and the principles that explain them.

  • Identify examples of motion.

  • Identify observable forces in nature.

  • Animals & How they Live: Describe and compare characteristics of living things in relationship to their environments.

  • Describe how living things depend on one another for survival.

  • Forces & Motion: now and apply concepts that describe force and motion and the principles that explain them.

  • Identify observable forces in nature.

  • Identify examples of motion.

Social Studies
Curriculum:  Science Weekly/Scholastic News

Students use a variety of process skills relating to history, government, geography, and economics. These include chronological thinking, organizing and explaining information, analyzing and interpreting data, conducting research, and communicating orally, graphically, socially, and in writing.

By the end of second grade, your child should be able to:

  • Explain the concept of neighborhoods, their origins, changes, and diversity

  • Identify local communities and points of interest

  • Describe changes in transportation and communication

  • Identify groups and individuals who have influenced and contributed to our heritage

  • Explain ways the United States and other countries are alike and different

  • Recognize Illinois and United States symbols and leaders

  • Explain the need for leaders and laws, define associated terms, and

  • Identify leadership qualities

  • Demonstrate cooperation and responsibility

  • Construct simple maps using scale, cardinal directions, and map symbols

  • Identify the earth’s resources and their importance

  • Compare rural, urban, and suburban communities

  • Identify various businesses and their roles providing services or goods to the community

  • Explain the difference between government services and private enterprises


  • REACH: Reading assessment given twice a year, fall and spring evaluates student’s comprehension and written skills.

  • Math NWEA testing student skill (individual)

  • DIBELS testing phonemic awareness and fluency (one on one)

  • TRC testing student reading and comprehension skills (one on one)

  • Weekly Assessments Spelling, Reading, Math Quizzes, and End-of-Unit Math test


Rubric for Daily Assignments

5 point scale      5-A               Independent Excellent no errors

                         4.5-A            Independent Excellent minor error

                         4-B               Independent some errors   

                         3.5-C            Multiple errors /Completed with some help
                         3-D               Complete assignment with teachers help

                         2.5                Below F needs extra support

10 point scale                                   Average Category Weight

     100-90= A                                                 Assessments 40%
      89-80=B                                                    Assignments 30%
      79-70=C                                                    Participation 20%
      69-60=D                                                    Homework   10%
      59-Below=F                                              Projects 35%
(some subjects may have different weights)                      

Rules for Student Behavior
One major goal in school is to encourage the development of self-discipline.  A classroom management plan offers guidance in making good decisions and taking responsibility for one’s actions.  Effective classroom management provides a safe, nurturing environment for students.  This fosters academic, emotional, and social growth throughout the year.


1.      Listen carefully and follow directions.

2.      Raise your hand before speaking.

3.      Be kind and respectful to others.

4.      Please keep your hands and feet to yourself.

5.      Always do your BEST!

Classroom Behavior Management
Class Dojo or Point system: A behavior communication system between the teacher, student and parents. Students are awarded points daily for various good behaviors and points are taken away when classroom and school rules are broken. Students track their points and make a weekly goal to earn points for the following week.

Math and Spelling homework is given every night. Homework assignments are to be turned in the following school day. Classwork is to completed and turned in at the assigned time.  No late homework or class work will be accepted, unless the student is absent or other arrangements are made between the student, parent and teacher. (The amount of days your child is absent is the amount of days they have to make up the work.)


  • The efficient way to contact me through email or  You can also find monthly information through Hitch Happenings.

  • Weebly:

  • Parent conferences are available upon request.

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Mrs. Epstein and Mrs. Davis
I Hello, my name is Jennifer Epstein and I'm excited to be teaching second grade this year. For a lot of you, this will be your second or third year with me thanks to our time in preschool. 

During my free time I love to run
(so I can eat bad food and go on cool running vacations), travel by getting lost, spending many hours on Pinterest pinning things I will never make, scouring Target for great deals and exploring new places.  I recently became a new mom to an adorable little girl named Kate. In addition to my little girl I also have two fur babies, Whidbey, my black lab and Finley, a mean cat.  I have a wonderful husband named Jonathan who is also a runner and loves to travel and explore new places with me.  I'm excited to grow and learn with you this school year.  If you ever have any questions you can email me, write me a letter or call and leave a message.

2nd grade newsletter

Mrs. Epstein’s Newsletter
This upcoming week we are going to learn how to find opinion statements in articles and learn how to write an opinion piece.
In Reading, we are going to compare and contrast various Cinderella stories.

Spelling-i before e except after c
List A-belief, thief, piece, believe, chief, grief, field, shield, yield, receive, achieve, niece, fierce, ceiling, receipt
List B-friendship, cashier, hygiene, relieved, mischief, deceitful, conceited, receiver, diesel, achievement, achieve, niece, fierce, ceiling, receipt
​The students will use their "spelling choice" paper for the entire month so please do not lose it.  Every day when they come to school, they will show me their spelling homework.  If it is not completed, then they will lose points for not having it.  Please make sure your child completes their spelling homework every night to help them prepare for the test each Friday.

Math-multiplication by 2,5,10/skip counting-Assessment on Thursday

Science/Social Studies
S.S.-Amelia Earhart/Women's History Month

Upcoming Events/Homework
March 16th-field trip to Field Museum.  Permission slip and money is due on March 6th.

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