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What skills are needed to do a kindergarten teacher's job well?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    FLEXIBILITY! You see, each child is different. We are talking different developmentally, different home lives, different social abilities, different in every way. If you can manage to juggle all the myriad things which go on in a kinder classroom, great. But I also want you to understand that not all your students will know their letters by your deadline, not all children will have parental support at him, not all children will know the inappropriateness of swear words, not all kids will be able to do what you want them to do when you want them to do it. Please, be flexible.

    It also helps when they spring a new student on you with no notice, when your assembly is postponed, when someone loses their work between the desk and the work bin. Good luck!

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  • 4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    As a teacher developer at a major university, here are my top ten ideas, in no particular order.

    1. Positivity - the ability to walk into the classroom every day with a smile and a generosity of spirit towards all the kids, aides, secretaries, administrators, staff, etc. One of the best parts of your job is the ability to make every day a wonderful day for everyone you meet.

    2. Willingness - Many teachers throw up their hands and admit defeat when faced with a challenging child, situation, or administrator. You must roll up your sleeves and be willing to work. That means not ignoring any problems in the room, not ignoring bad beavior, not living in denial about certain kids and their abilities/disabilities, and addressing sensitive matters head on rather than ducking your head in the sand. You will be require to initiate difficult conversations with parents and provide early intervention assessments where necessary. A K-teacher must be willing to make tough, responsible decisions for the good of her kids and their families.

    3. No excuses. You must belief that all of the kids can and will succeed. That all of the kids can and will behave. This means no saying to yourself things like "Of course Juan cant read, he barely speaks english" instead you have to take responsibility for improving Juan's literacy as you would any other child, and provide him with the services he needs to achieve in your class, the 1st grade and beyond. A responsible K-teacher doesnt make excuses for why the kids arent learning, she teaches them.

    4. A love of kids

    5. Patience and the believe that all kids will learn given care, a safe and supportive environment, a healthy diet, a chance to explore and a positive teacher

    6. The ability to know when to challenge and when to back off. Sometimes the kids need space to enjoy themselves, even regress a little bit. Other times they need to be challenged to become more responsible, aware and independent. You'll have to decide when and where to provide both types of instruction.

    7. A vast array fo different teaching methodologies to target a diverse learning community. K_teachers must teach the same concept in a multiplicity of ways to allow the kids to seize the concept and build upon it in meaningful ways.

    8. A love of art - dance, drama, visual arts, sculpture and music. One of the great gifts a K-teacher can give is an enthusiasm for beauty, a creative spirit and a willingness to explore and record the world through the arts.

    9. Self-confidence that you can do your job and do it well, tempered with an inquisitive spirit that always keeps you looking out for new and exciting things to bring to your teaching (and your students)

    10. An aesthetic sense that allows you to create a beautiful and engaging environment for the kids using soft fabrics, exciting colors, natural light, etc. I think all elementary school teachers should take a design course to help them develop ideas for creative, positive, welcoming learning environments.

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  • Julzz
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    1 decade ago

    I am a Director of an early childhood program. I find the most important skills lie in the areas of patience, being fair but firm, appropriatness, and nurturing. Many teachers can teach but it takes a special person to capture your audience and have them all learn. Many of the skills are not taught in Universities they are life skills. You have to know how to respond to behaviors in ways that are positive and promote positive behavior in the children. Problem solving is another important skill. If you are honestly interested go to the NAEYC website http://www.naeyc.org/ and explore some possibiliteis. Good Luck in your career!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    conroyger is typing pretty well now. Me thinks she tried to disguise her English in order to not be found out by her neighbor. Her spelling is pretty good on this post and almost pieces and parts in her neighbor woes posts.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Patience, maturity, creativity and passion.

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  • 1 decade ago

    you need a lot of patients and understanding of kids. tylenol is always an option =)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    a sense of humor and alot of love and patience

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  • 1 decade ago

    No Child Porn charges... Or felonies for that matter.

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  • 1 decade ago

    don't scare the kids by yelling at them

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