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A teacher (also called a schoolteacher) is a person who provides education for pupils (children) and students (adults). The role of teacher is often formal and ongoing, carried out at a school or other place of formal education. A person who wishes to become a teacher must first obtain specified professional qualifications or credentials from a university or college. These professional qualifications may include the study of pedagogy, the science of teaching. Teachers, like other professionals, may have to continue their education after they qualify, a process known as continuing professional development. Teachers may use a lesson plan to facilitate student learning, providing a course of study which is called the curriculum.

Elementary school teacher[edit]

  • Teaches reading, language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, art, health, and music to students in a classroom using approved district curriculum and any other appropriate learning activities.
  • Instruct students in citizenship and basic subject matter specified in state law and administrative regulations and procedures of the school district.
  • Develops lesson plans and instructional materials and provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student with the identified objectives.
  • Translates lesson plans into learning experiences so as to best utilize the available time for instruction.
  • Demonstrate subject matter concepts and examples using models, chalkboard, overhead projector, computers or any other standard or approved teacher-prepared instructional aides.
  • Explains learning objectives and student expectations.
  • Provides opportunities when needed for individualized and small-group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of the students. Differentiates instruction and curriculum to meet individual student needs.
  • Provides opportunities for student goal setting, reflection and self-assessment.
  • Uses assessment to improve learning and instruction.
  • Sets behavior expectations and consequences that are clear and consistently enforced.
  • Participates in functional behavior assessments and in the development of intervention and support plans of individual students as necessary and required.
  • Assumes responsibility for instruction, duties, supervision of students, and required meetings at designated times.
  • Utilizes grading patterns that are fairly administered and based on identified criteria.
  • Evaluates students' academic and social growth, keeps appropriate records and prepares progress reports. Maintains and submits accurate and complete records as required.
  • Communicates with parents through conferences and other means to discuss student's progress and interpret the school program. Interacts with students, staff and parents in a positive and professional manner.
  • Identifies student needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
  • Establish rapport with students and provides a pleasant, safe, and orderly climate conducive to learning.
  • Actively participate in full implementation of the School Improvement Plan.
  • Maintains professional competence through in-service education activities provided by the district and self-selected professional growth activities.
  • Supervises students in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day.