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A Typical Day As a Kindergarten Teacher

A Typical Day As a Kindergarten Teacher

Kindergarten Teacher Career Information, Salaries, Interview Tips and More.

My day as a kindergarten teacher always started at 5:10 a.m. when I’d leave home for work. I had a 20 minute commute that includes highway and interstate driving, and it’s often very foggy in the South. I’d arrive at school by 5:30, unlock the door for the day, and haul in anything I’d taken home to work on the night before.

I’m always perkiest in the mornings, so this was a great time of day for me. During the two hours before school started I spent my time planning lessons for the future and prepping materials I would need. By the end of the year the kids could do their own coloring and a lot of the prep work, but a beginning Kindergartener generally can’t use scissors much less cut anything out. So I’d do it for them.

My planning included the numerous different subjects I was teaching. I was also responsible for turning on the computers, cleaning the room, and emptying the trash. Prior to 7:30 I had to go upstairs and get my mail, communicate with any other teachers I needed to speak with, and use the restroom.

The salary for a kindergarten teacher is dismal. But I love working with children. Furthermore, the working conditions are great, along with summers off!

At 7:30 the bell would ring, and the children would come trouping in. During the next half hour I was expected to keep the children busy, take lunch money, fill out attendance reports, talk with any parents who came in as well as anyone else who needed anything, and help children who had trouble leaving their mother’s that day. After we said the Pledge of Allegiance (yes, they still do that in some schools), I’d start my first class.

y only free time each day. By the time the aides collected the children for recess and brought them back early; I had about 20 minutes free of children during the day. Most days I didn’t get to use the restroom until I was back home again around 3:30.

After recess and dealing with the resulting fights and tears, I read the children a carefully-selected story. Then it was their turn for SSR (Silent Sustained Reading). This was a time when they could choose a book from the book rack and read by themselves. We did this for about ten minutes prior to getting ready to go home.

At 2:30, we had to march the kids out the back door and around the building in case any of their parents were waiting out on the side of the building. The children who weren’t grabbed walked clear around to the front porch with me where we waited with them until the “bus” teacher showed up. If it was a high school teacher’s turn, we might be there indefinitely. If we were lucky, we got back into the building by 3:00 when it was time to go home. Back …

Newspaper Reading for Language Students

Newspaper Reading for Language Students

A Khmer student wrote to me on YouTube and asked me to produce videos about how to read English language newspapers.

“I’d like to ask you to make videos how to read newspaper and translate it from English to Khmer. I Khmer and I having a problem to understand English phrases.” Wrote the student.

Language learners often write telling me about some area of learning or area of their lives where they are experiencing difficulties of comprehension and ask me for a trick or a guide to help them learn.

As I have said in numerous other language learning articles, there are no tricks and no hints. The more hours you invest, the better you will get. And if your goal is to read at a native speaker level, then you need to read things a native speaker reads. If you are a 22 year-old university graduate, then you need to be reading at that level in the foreign language. And you won’t get there by reading textbooks ABOUT the language. You will get there by reading books, articles, and textbooks IN rather than ABOUT the language.

If we analyze this latest email, the student says he has trouble reading, and he specifically singled out newspapers.

Obviously, reading is reading. On some level, reading a newspaper is no different than reading a novel or reading a short story.

If you are reading novels and short stories, you should be able to read newspapers. If I asked this student, however, he is probably is not reading one novel per month in English. If he were, newspaper reading would just come.

Therefore, the problem is not the reading or the newspapers, per se. The problem is the lack of practice.

I never took a course called “Newspaper Reading” in English. I just started reading newspapers. And at first, I had to learn to deal with the language, structure and organization of newspaper writing, but no one taught me, or you. It just came to us. The same was true for German or Spanish newspapers which I can read almost as well as English. No one taught me, or taught Gunther or Pablo, it just came through practice.

A point, that I have made many times in articles, is that when you begin learning a foreign language, you are not an idiot. You are not starting with an empty brain. One reason it takes babies three years to learn their native tongue is because they are also learning what a language is and how language works. You know all of that, and much more. Babies don’t know that there is such a thing as grammar. Every single piece of vocabulary has to be learned. A seven year old may not know the words “population, economy, government, referendum, currency” in his native tongue. So, reading a foreign newspaper would be difficult for him, because reading a newspaper in his mother tongue is difficult for him.

If you are an adult, coming from a developed …