Guide for Teacher Waiting

Making students feel comfortable and welcomed in a classroom makes all the difference. Fine learning environments can be very intimidating to students who might not ask questions. They might not have a pleasant experience, which means they probably won’t return. It is your responsibility to make each student feel welcomed and comfortable. Make sure you do the following with each student: Smile, Greet and welcome them, Introduce yourself, Describe and explain the lesson plan, Talk about special events, Ask if they have questions. After you introduce yourself, ask them what they would like to learn.
“Can I get you started with a do now or one of our famous puzzlers today?”
Daily Teacher Waiting Duties:
Gather and review information from guidance, administrators, team leaders and club affiliations.
Set up your teaching station (Smartboard, chalkboard).
Stock server station (pens, pencils, erasers, paper, copies, additional texts, passbooks, etc…)
Take care of your students and other teacher’s students when needed.
Grade all completed student work and plan future assignments after your shift.
Run student reports and copies for future assignments.
Plan future lessons and grade completed assignments.
Once your section is setup, it’s time to start seating students and serving their varied learning needs. Typically a guidance counselor will assign the schedules and then notify the teacher.
Once students are seated and working, the teacher should not be sitting around. Instead, the teacher will check on students to make sure that they have all necessary supplies, assist them with any comprehension difficulties that they might have, remove any unaffiliated items from the desk and make sure that they are enjoying their experience.
The teaching wait staff will:
Maintain in depth knowledge of desired product.
Stay on their feet for long periods of time.
Remain professional and friendly even when disrespected.
Effectively communicate with students and staff.
Think quickly and deftly lift heavy issues filled with delicate and fragile egos.
Maintain changing mathematical skill requirements.
Give ample attention to detail.
Greet students and make them feel comfortable.
Learn testing items and describe them appropriately to students.
Take orders from administrators, parents, department chairs, and students.
Deliver assignments and assessments in a timely manner.
Check-in with students to ensure that everything is going well.
Clear debris, waste, and germs from desks, floor, windows, chalk boards, light switches.
Refill writing implements and learning materials throughout the school year.
Deliver student’s grades and thank them for learning in the class.
Work with other teachers and be a team player.

If all of this is completed they check with other school team members to see if they need any help with their duties. Remember, school life is like a big family; teachers, administrators, security guards and teachers aides should all help one another with each other’s duties.
Throughout the school year, the teacher’s responsibilities include making sure that the designated teacher’s station is clean and fully stocked. Those responsibilities include filling paper, stocking writing implements, preparing homebound assignments, refilling the lost assignments replacement file, and emptying sharpeners as well as any other duties that come up throughout the shift.
Once the students have finished up with their main assignments it is the teachers responsibility to offer homework, a brain teaser, and/or extra credit opportunities. If working in groups, once the the table is finished, the teacher will ask them how they would like the grade to be split. Then the teacher will split it as needed and deliver it to the table. To retain students for return business, the teacher should thank the students for learning in the classroom and tell them they look forward to seeing them again.
Remember, every school will have a different job description and so it’s important to read up on your prospective employers, so that you know exactly what teacher duties and responsibilities are required for the school for which you are applying.


About m.a. wood

writer, thinker, musician, teacher
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2 Responses to Guide for Teacher Waiting

  1. You forgot a few: be a gentle, inspiring presence for the quiet children, be a challenging, loud inspiring presence for the loudly confident children. Know that the quiet children may be the most confident; know the loud children may be the most nervous. Take each child from where s/he is and guide him or her farther in skills, understanding, and questioning. Make each child believe that s/he has the capacity to achieve despite the home environment, poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse, or brokenness. Help re-program the voice in each student’s head so s/he does not say “I can’t” but leaves your class room saying, “If I work at it, I can do it!”


  2. amabear says:

    this gives me an idea of how much work you do and how demanding it is. very proud to call you friend. one more reason.


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