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Elementary school and kindergarten teachers teach basic subjects such as reading, writing and arithmetic or specialized subjects such as English or French as a second language at public and private elementary schools. Elementary school librarians are included in this unit group.
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- Prepare courses for presentation to students according to approved curriculum
- Teach students using a systematic plan of lessons, discussions, audio-visual presentations and field trips
- Lead students in activities to promote their physical, mental and social development and their school readiness
- Assign and correct homework
- Prepare, administer and correct tests
- Evaluate the progress of students and discuss results with students, parents and school officials
- Identify children's individual learning needs
- Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help
- Participate in staff meetings, educational conferences and teacher training workshops
- May supervise teachers' aides and student teachers.
Elementary school and kindergarten teachers may specialize in such areas as special education or second language instruction.
Outlook & Prospects for Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers in Bas-Saint-Laurent Region
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Local Employment Potential Information
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For the 2012-2014 period, job opportunities in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region are expected to be good for this occupation.
After a significant decline in the number of elementary school and kindergarten teachers beginning in the middle of 2000s, the number began increasing. Employment movements in this occupation are primarily attributable to fluctuations in student enrolment and certain administrative initiatives such as decisions to decrease class sizes, create kindergarten classes and close village schools.
According to the ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), the number of kindergarten and elementary school students has started to rise again in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region since 2010, and this growth is expected to continue over the coming years. As a result of the increased enrolment and changes in academic organization, continued employment growth is forecast for elementary school and kindergarten teachers.
Most opportunities will stem mainly from the need to replace teachers who are retiring: 12% of elementary and kindergarten teachers are aged 55.
Unemployment virtually disappears during the school year. Vacancies will be accessible to university graduates in education and the few experienced teachers who are unemployed. The placement rate for holders of a B.A. in pre-school and elementary education is excellent and the unemployment rate is below 3%, according to the ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport 2011's Relance survey. However, the proportion of these graduates who begin their career in part-time positions is higher than the Quebec average, except for special education.
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