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Working As A 6th Grade Teacher

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $48,721

    Average Salary

What Does A 6th Grade Teacher Do

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers prepare younger students for future schooling by teaching them basic subjects such as math and reading. 

Duties

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically do the following:

  • Create lesson plans to teach students subjects, such as reading, science, social studies, and math
  • Teach students how to study and communicate with others
  • Observe students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Teach lessons they have planned to an entire class of students or to smaller groups
  • Grade students’ assignments to monitor their progress
  • Communicate with parents about their child’s progress
  • Work with students individually to help them overcome specific learning challenges
  • Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules to teach children proper behavior
  • Supervise children outside of the classroom—for example, during lunchtime or recess

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers help students learn and apply important concepts. Many teachers use a hands-on approach to help students understand abstract concepts, solve problems, and develop critical thinking skills. For example, they may demonstrate how to do a science experiment and then have the students conduct the experiment themselves. They may have students work together to learn how to collaborate to solve problems.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers generally teach kindergarten through fourth or fifth grade. However, in some schools, elementary school teachers may teach sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. They typically teach students several subjects throughout the day.

Some teachers may teach in a multilevel classroom that includes students across two or more grades. They may teach the same group of students for several years.

Kindergarten and elementary school students spend most of their day in one classroom. Teachers may escort students to assemblies; to classes taught by other teachers, such as art or music; or to recess. While students are away from the classroom, teachers plan lessons, grade assignments, or meet with other teachers and staff.

In some schools, teachers may work in subject specialization teams in which they teach one or two specific subjects, either English and social studies or math and science. Generally, students spend half their time with one teacher and half their time with the other.

Some kindergarten and elementary school teachers teach special classes, such as art, music, and physical education.

Some schools employ teachers of English as a second language (ESL) or English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Both of these types of teachers work exclusively with students who are learning the English language, often referred to as English language learners (ELLs). The teachers work with students individually or in groups to help them improve their English language skills and to help them with assignments from other classes.

Students with learning disabilities or emotional or behavioral disorders are often taught in traditional classes. Kindergarten and elementary teachers work with special education teachers to adapt lesson plans to these students’ needs and monitor the students’ progress. In some cases, kindergarten and elementary school teachers may co-teach lessons with special education teachers.

Some teachers maintain websites to communicate with parents about students’ assignments, upcoming events, and grades. For students in higher grades, teachers may create websites or discussion boards to present information or to expand on a lesson taught in class.

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How To Become A 6th Grade Teacher

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.

Education

All states require public kindergarten and elementary school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Some states also require kindergarten and elementary school teachers to major in a content area, such as math or science. They typically enroll in their college’s teacher preparation program and also take classes in education and child psychology in addition to those required by their major.

In teacher education programs, future teachers learn how to present information to young students and how to work with young students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. For information about teacher preparation programs in your state, visit teach.org.

Some states require all teachers to earn a master’s degree after receiving their teaching certification.

Private schools typically seek kindergarten and elementary school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Those who teach in private schools are generally not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers are typically certified to teach early childhood grades, which are usually preschool through third grade, or elementary school grades, which are usually first through sixth grades or first through eighth grades.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree, they are required to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching, typically gained through student teaching. Some states require a minimum grade point average. States often require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test, as well as a test that demonstrates their knowledge of the subject they will teach. Although kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically do not teach only a single subject, they may be required to pass a content area test to earn their certification. For information on certification requirements in your state, visit teach.org.

Teachers are frequently required to complete annual professional development classes to keep their license. Some states require teachers to complete a master’s degree after receiving their certification.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree but lack the education courses required for certification. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately after graduation, under the supervision of an experienced teacher. These programs cover teaching methods and child development. After they complete the program, candidates are awarded full certification. Other programs require students to take classes in education before they can teach. Students may be awarded a master’s degree after completing one of these programs.

Training

In order to receive certification, teachers need to undergo a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. During student teaching, they work with a mentor teacher and get experience teaching students in a classroom setting. The amount of time required varies by state.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teachers must collaborate with teacher assistants and special education teachers. In addition, they need to discuss students’ needs with parents and administrators.

Creativity. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must plan lessons that engage young students, adapting the lessons to different learning styles.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must respond with patience when students struggle with material.

Physical stamina. Working with kindergarten and elementary-aged students can be tiring. Teachers need to be able to physically, mentally, and emotionally keep up with the students.

Resourcefulness. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers need to be able to explain difficult concepts in terms that young students can understand. In addition, they must be able to get students engaged in learning and adapt their lessons to meet students’ needs.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to serve as mentors to newer teachers or to become lead teachers. In these roles, they help less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

With additional education or certification, teachers may become school counselors, school librarians, or instructional coordinators. Some become assistant principals or principals, both of which generally require additional schooling in education administration or leadership.

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6th Grade Teacher Career Paths

6th Grade Teacher
Instructor Program Director Adjunct Instructor
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Middle School Teacher Adjunct Instructor ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Instructor Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Spanish Teacher Site Coordinator Youth Director
Children's Ministries Director
6 Yearsyrs
Middle School Teacher Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Curriculum Director
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Program Director Chairperson
Dean
5 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Educator Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Educator Case Manager Adjunct Professor
Director Of Instruction
7 Yearsyrs
8th Grade Teacher Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher
Director Of Preschool
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Director Of Special Education
11 Yearsyrs
Educator Instructor Lead Teacher
Director Of Teacher Education
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Lead Teacher Education Coordinator
Education Program Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Reading Teacher Kindergarten Teacher Educator
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Principal Middle School Principal
High School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Principal High School Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
8th Grade Science Teacher 8th Grade Teacher Assistant Principal
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Assistant Principal
School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Reading Teacher 2nd Grade Teacher Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
2nd Grade Teacher 3.2 years
6th Grade Teacher 3.0 years
8th Grade Teacher 2.6 years
5th Grade Teacher 2.6 years
4th Grade Teacher 2.4 years
1st Grade Teacher 2.2 years
7th Grade Teacher 2.1 years
Top Careers Before 6th Grade Teacher
Teacher 16.5%
Tutor 3.7%
Internship 3.1%
Top Careers After 6th Grade Teacher
Teacher 16.6%
Principal 3.3%
Instructor 2.1%
Tutor 2.0%

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6th Grade Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

72.1%

Male

25.6%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

62.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.6%

French

13.2%

Mandarin

3.9%

German

3.3%

Korean

3.3%

Italian

3.3%

Chinese

2.6%

Hebrew

2.6%

Dutch

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Russian

1.3%

Filipino

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Swedish

0.7%

Irish

0.7%

Comanche

0.7%

Urdu

0.7%
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6th Grade Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.1%

Grand Canyon University

13.8%

Walden University

7.9%

Northern Arizona University

6.6%

Arizona State University

5.6%

Texas A&M University

5.1%

Liberty University

4.8%

Lamar University

4.6%

National University

4.1%

Capella University

3.8%

National Louis University

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.3%

University of Houston

3.1%

University of Northern Colorado

2.8%

University of North Texas

2.8%

Ball State University

2.8%

Indiana Wesleyan University

2.8%

University of Texas at Austin

2.6%

University of Alabama

2.3%

Tennessee Technological University

2.3%
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Majors

Elementary Education

27.8%

Education

18.5%

Educational Leadership

10.7%

Special Education

6.8%

Curriculum And Instruction

4.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.2%

Business

3.8%

English

3.7%

School Counseling

2.2%

Early Childhood Education

2.1%

Mathematics

2.1%

Psychology

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Educational Technology

1.9%

Secondary Education And Teaching

1.8%

Interdisciplinary Studies

1.4%

History

1.4%

Communication

1.1%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

1.1%

Middle School Education

1.0%
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Degrees

Masters

43.9%

Bachelors

33.8%

Other

13.7%

Certificate

4.2%

Doctorate

2.3%

Associate

1.6%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.1%
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6Th Grade Teacher Lycee International de Los Angeles Santa Ana, CA Aug 09, 2015 $60,000
6Th Grade Teacher Lycee International de Los Angeles Santa Ana, CA Aug 17, 2015 $60,000
Teacher In 6Th To 12Th Grade Dallas International School Dallas, TX Aug 01, 2015 $54,477
6Th Grade World Civilizations Teacher Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School Saint Louis, MO Sep 01, 2015 $54,290
Bilingual 6Th Grade Teacher Pasadena Independent School District Pasadena, TX Aug 02, 2015 $53,740
6Th Grade Bilingual Teacher Mesquite Independent School District Mesquite, TX Aug 12, 2014 $51,455
6Th Grade Bilingual Teacher Mesquite Independent School District Mesquite, TX Aug 20, 2014 $51,455
5Th and 6Th Grade Bilingual Teacher Splendora Independent School District Splendora, TX Aug 01, 2013 $47,300
5Th and 6Th Grade World Geography/Ancient History Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School Saint Louis, MO Sep 01, 2012 $47,280
Middle School 6Th Grade Teacher Life Church Upper Marlboro, MD Aug 11, 2011 $45,690 -
$57,139
6Th Grade Spanish/Math Teacher Energized for Stem Academy Houston, TX Aug 10, 2015 $44,987
6Th Grade Teacher/Junior High Coach Christoval Independent School District Christoval, TX Jun 01, 2012 $39,100
6Th Grade Chinese Dual Immersion Teacher Provo City School District Provo, UT Oct 03, 2016 $36,142
5Th/6Th Grade Teacher Crosspoint Christian School Association, Inc. Villa Ridge, MO Jul 21, 2012 $33,240

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Top Skills for A 6th Grade Teacher

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Lesson Plans
  3. Grade Level
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  • Implemented classroom management strategies such as positive reinforcement, cooperative learning groups, and token economy rewards system.
  • Developed curriculum and implemented lesson plans.
  • Educated secondary students according to mathematics standards, objectives and grade level expectations.
  • Planned, developed and implemented developmentally rigorous math, reading, writing, social studies and science lessons.
  • Organized parent-teacher conferences to maximize student learning opportunities and to develop forward-thinking plans to correct ongoing issues.

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