What does a kindergarten teacher do?
Like the bumper sticker says: “If you can read this, thank a teacher.” And your thanks should start with your kindergarten teacher. Kindergarten is the first year of formal schooling for many kids and focuses on the basics of reading, writing, science, math, and social studies.
Since the kids you’re working with are young, as a kindergarten teacher you use a lot of different teaching techniques to keep students focused and interested. Things like games, music, coloring activities, books, computers, and movies are all useful ways to teach kids different subjects.
It’s important that you not only give your students the basics of different subjects but also foster in them a love of learning. Additionally, you have the interesting role of creating self-esteem and a desire to work.
At the beginning of each school year, you make goals for each of your students. As the year progresses, you monitor their development with things like report cards, parent-teacher meetings, and tests. And if you find that a student is behind, you come up with creative ways to get them up to speed.
National guidelines define what a child needs to learn in kindergarten, but it’s up to you to decide how to teach that information. You create daily lesson plans and assignments, and use imaginative teaching methods and tools to help your students learn what they need to learn.