Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors

Also known as:  Adult Basic Studies Teacher, Adult Education Teacher, Adult Literacy Instructor, Adult Literacy Teacher, Adult Remedial Education Instructor, GED Instructor, General Educational Development (GED) Teacher, General Educational Development Teacher

ABOUT ADULT BASIC OR SECONDARY EDUCATION OR LITERACY TEACHER CAREERS

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Every day we're surrounded by signs and written information. Now imagine not being able to read. For too many Americans, that nightmare is a reality. That's why adult literacy teachers are so important. They help people who never learned to read, to read. They also teach English as a second language ...
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Another group in need are those who never graduated from high school. Without a high school diploma, many job opportunities are out of reach for them. To help these individuals, there are teachers and instructors who specialize in remedial education. They help people acquire the skills to get what's called a "high school equivalency degree," or GED.

They provide instruction in English, history, math, science, and geography. Lessons tend to be very practical. GED instructors and teachers prepare students to take the GED test. Attaining a GED can mean a better job, higher pay, and a brighter future.

Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors require a great deal of patience. Some of the individuals who come to remedial education classes or literacy programs have learning disabilities. Many have been frustrated by past failures. As their teacher, you need to provide encouragement, as well as education.

Positions range from trained volunteers at community centers to certified teachers in public schools or government-funded programs. While educational requirements vary by state and by program, one requirement is universal: the desire to help others improve their live, to become active participants in our society, to hold a job, and to further their education.
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Teach or instruct out-of-school youths and adults in remedial education classes, preparatory classes for the General Educational Development test, literacy, or English as a Second Language. Teaching may or may not take place in a traditional educational institution.
Leadership
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Critical decision making
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Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
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Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
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Physical demands
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Participate in publicity planning, community awareness efforts, and student recruitment.
Attend professional meetings, conferences, and workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
Select, order, and issue books, materials, and supplies for courses or projects.
Collaborate with other teachers and professionals in the development of instructional programs.
Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons that promote learning, following approved curricula.
Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
Review instructional content, methods, and student evaluations to assess strengths and weaknesses, and to develop recommendations for course revision, development, or elimination.
Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
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Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Coaching and Developing Others Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
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English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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