This booklet provides the basic understanding of what the typical kindergarten teacher experiences on a daily basis.
- Alyssia Ortega-Munoz
The typical schedule of a kindergarten teacher varies from state to state but on average, in the mornings, they arrive between the times of 7am to 7:30am. Once they have arrived and settled in, most spend the next half hour or so preparing for the day. This means they will be making copies, setting up the classroom, prepare lesson for the morning and finish up any last-minute chores that need to be addressed. Once the children are making their way to their classes, the teachers have greeted them and everyone is settled in that is when the teaching begins. Since children are developing their emotional and mental abilities, lots of group and socialization activities and classwork will be given and taught.
Around afternoon, children usually have lunch and recces after. Once that is happening, teachers are planning for the next part of their lessons, grading papers and cleaning the classroom if needed. When students have returned from their break, the next part of the day begins. Typically, some teachers allow 5 minutes or so for the students to settle back down and then, that is when the new subject will start being taught.
Around late afternoon, when the school day is almost over, teachers will help children gather their belongings and say goodbye to their students. However, the day is not over when the students leave. After school hours, teachers will usually stay after a few extra hours so they can tidy up the classroom, prepare lessons for the next day, attend meetings, grade papers, and contact parents if needed.
1.What is the average number of students in a class?
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are on average 21 students in a classroom
2. What is the demographic (race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic) make-up of the students?
The demographic of students according to the National Center for Education Statistics, around 66 percent of the students were white, non- Hispanic, 17 percent were black, non-Hispanic, 12 percent were Hispanic, 3 percent were Asian or Pacific Islander, and 1 percent were American Indian or Alaskan Native”
3. What are the average education levels of the parents?
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, “In 2015, the percentage of 3- to 5-year-olds enrolled in preschool programs was higher for children whose parents had a graduate or professional degree (48 percent) than for those whose parents had a bachelor’s degree (42 percent), an associate’s degree (37 percent), some college (37 percent), a high school credential (29 percent), and less than a high school credential (29 percent).”
According to Rasmussen.edu, simple ways to diffuse difficult situations with parents are to
a .Listen first
b. Acknowledge their concerns
c. Avoid using email
d. Don’t be judgmental
e. Keep lines of communication open
By doing one or all of these, it can lessen the risk of a worse interaction with parents and it will more than likely solve the conflict.
Even though parents can be very difficult at times and make you feel inferior, there are always ways to help diffuse the conflict.
Emotional developments students at this age level are experiencing:
The emotional elements that a child at this age is learning is how to have an interest in something, dealing with feelings such as jealousy, coitizing other classmates who don’t follow rules, feeling the need to be the center of attention and seeking approval. In short, they are dealing with feelings that are new which can be good, bad, complicated. This is very important because it shows how each child learns how to deal with their emotions and it can give insight about the child.
Intellectual developments students at this age level are experiencing:
Intellectually speaking, children are learning the basics of life. They are learning new and everyday phrases, right and wrong, sounds, sight, critically thinking, writing, reading, and speaking. For many it may be a lot of firsts.
Physiological developments students at this age level are experiencing:
The physiological developments in a child at this age go back to the intellectual and social developments. This stage is the beginning of their lives and it is where they learn what they need to know to become well-functioning teens and adults.
Social developments are the students at this age level experiencing:
The social developments that these children are facing is how to speak, listen and act. Not every child is taught these skills at home so by being around other children and by learning by example, they are learning these skills. Which is why it is important as an educator to be a role model so that they are on the right path.
Biggest challenges students face at this age:
The biggest challenges that these children may experience is learning how to be around others, how to behave and sit still, how to use their manners, and how to act appropriate in certain settings. There is no specific challenge that all have a challenge with. Instead, most struggle with a variety of the challenges listed above
Not every child will be sweet and willing to work. There will be children with difficult attitudes and different backgrounds and different home training. There will be days where their temper will get the best of them and they will throw a fit in class, and there will be days where teachers will have to explain something simple to a child many times because they aren’t grasping the concept. Its not a task that everyone can do but patience definitely is something that should be learned.
While being a kindergarten teacher may be stressful, it IS worth it!