Elementary School Teachers

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Classroom Teacher, Elementary School Teacher, Elementary Teacher, Teacher

What they do:
Teach academic and social skills to students at the elementary school level.
On the job, you would:
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Instruct students individually and in groups, using teaching methods such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.


Education and Training

  • teaching and course design

Arts and Humanities

  • English language
  • history and archeology

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • psychology

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills

  • talking to others
  • using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things


  • teaching people how to do something
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it



  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software

  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Computer based training software

  • Padlet
  • Schoology

Multi-media educational software

  • Nearpod
  • Seesaw


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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