Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

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Also known as:  High School Biology Teacher, High School English Teacher, High School French Teacher, High School History Teacher, High School Math Teacher, High School Music Director, High School Teacher

ABOUT SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHER CAREERS

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Secondary school teachers play a very important part in the continuing educational, physical, and social development of our nation's 14 to 17 year old children. Because their students are nearing the end of their childhood education, secondary school teachers ensure that these kids delve more deeply ...
into their studies in order to learn more about the world they live in and about themselves in the process.

Common duties include preparing lesson plans, leading discussions, and supervising extracurricular activities. Today, secondary school teachers are replacing rote drills with more progressive methods of instruction, such as computer-based education. For example, a teacher may use multimedia technology to help students learn a foreign language. As a result, people interested in this profession should be open-minded about learning and implementing new teaching strategies.

This profession is both challenging and gratifying. Engaging a roomful of energetic, often distracted teenagers requires a lot of patience and creativity. But watching young adults learn and grow, knowing that you've been a part of that process, can be a very fulfilling reason for choosing this career.
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Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
LOW
Dealing and handling conflict
HIGH
Competition for this position
MED
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
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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DAILY TASKS Expand
Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of secondary school programs.
Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine students' strengths and areas of need.
Sponsor extracurricular activities such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.
Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
Instruct and monitor students in the use of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
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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.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Coaching and Developing Others Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
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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.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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.
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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.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
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Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
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.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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