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

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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.

Teach one or more subjects to students at the secondary school level.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
Physical demands
Daily tasks

Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine students' strengths and areas of need.

Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.

Sponsor extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.

Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of secondary school programs.

Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.

Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.

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.

Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.

Perform administrative duties, such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.

Instruct and monitor students in the use of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Developing Objectives and Strategies Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
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.
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.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.