I'm switching my major in college, so I'm going to be starting Early Childhood Education classes in the fall. I was hoping to teach something like Kindergarten or 1st grade. I feel like it might not be suited for me, though. I don't want class to be the same routine every day (ex. reading at 9, writing at 10, etc.). I know you have to teach them the basics, but I was hoping most of the time class could be arts & crafts stuff, me reading them disney stories, watching disney movies, & just letting them play with board games. I also don't believe in punishment, so I would never give a kid time out or anything. I believe everything can be talked out. I wouldn't have assigned seats either. Really, the job sounds cool to me, because it seems like it wouldn't get old like an office job. Kids are just so full of energy & life & can be funny & entertaining. I also play guitar (need to brush up on it, though), so maybe I could work that into teaching some music too. For the actual teaching part I figured I could mostly just have flash cards for different things like math, words, animals, shapes, etc. (or is that more pre-k ish?). I also don't want to give them any homework. I want to be like the cool teacher. I don't believe in talking down to kids either. I think I might be setting myself up for getting way in over my head.
Would these things not fly with the administration? Is something like homework mandatory? What type are most elementary school teachers? What style of teaching do different types have? What's the best ways to reach each kids learning style?