Kindergarten teachers are among the most important members of every community. In the formative childhood years, of which kindergarten is central, children develop opinions, ideals, motivation and perceptions that shape them in later stages of life. Kindergarten teachers are role models and assume the responsibility of teaching rudimentary information and preparing children for the future.
Kindergarten Teachers are Role Models
Each kindergartner spends several hours daily with her teacher for about 200 days of her formative years; even parents spend less time with these students. Kindergartners are still learning language, skills and social behavior, and the closest adult to learn from -- or at least, the one they're around the most -- is the teacher. Every action he makes and each thing he says as a kindergarten teacher may profoundly affect students for many years.
Kindergarten Teachers are Caretakers
Since kindergarten students are approximately 5 years old, their teachers must be physical caretakers. Changing dirty clothing, breaking up fights, cleaning bodily fluids off classroom furniture and performing first aid on injured or ill children are integral parts of the job. Required early-childhood education, CPR and first aid courses will prepare the teacher for potential pitfalls.
The teacher's quality influences young children and ultimately determines how well his job gets done. Teachers should understand material well and be able to communicate and explain it to children of varying backgrounds. Teach kindergarten only if you are prepared and committed to the job. What can be a difficult job can also be very rewarding if you work hard and positively affect people's lives.
Not Everyone Should Teach Kindergarten
Teaching kindergarten is an important job, but assigning too many well-qualified members of society to any single social sector leaves gaping holes in others. Business, defense, government and other sectors are important, too. In addition, different people are more capable and interested in different areas of work. For instance, someone who doesn't get along with children but has a knack for math can contribute to society as an accountant, ensuring the financial standing of a business, which ultimately affects the economy. Since not everyone is ideal for teaching kindergarten, only those who can handle the kids, the lesson plans and the cleaning of bodily fluids -- in other words, the good and the not so good -- should consider the job. After all, helping to mold minds at one of the earliest education stages is an important job.
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