Profession chemistry teacher secondary school

Chemistry teachers at secondary schools provide education to students, commonly children and young adults, in a secondary school setting. They are usually subject teachers, specialised and instructing in their own field of study, chemistry. They prepare lesson plans and materials, monitor the students’ progress, assist individually when necessary, and evaluate the students’ knowledge and performance on the subject of chemistry through assignments, tests and examinations.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Learning difficulties

    The learning disorders some students face in an academic context, especially Specific Learning Difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and concentration deficit disorders.

  • Post-secondary school procedures

    The inner workings of a post-secondary school, such as the structure of the relevant education support and management, the policies, and the regulations.

  • Chemistry

    The composition, structure, and properties of substances and the processes and transformations that they undergo; the uses of different chemicals and their interactions, production techniques, risk factors, and disposal methods.

  • Laboratory techniques

    Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.

  • Chemical processes

    The relevant chemical processes used in manufacture, such as purification, seperation, emulgation and dispergation processing.

  • Curriculum objectives

    The goals identified in curricula and defined learning outcomes.

Skills

  • Adapt teaching to student's capabilities

    Identify the learning struggles and successes of students. Select teaching and learning strategies that support students’ individual learning needs and goals.

  • Monitor student's behaviour

    Supervise the student's social behaviour to discover anything unusual. Help solve any issues if necessary.

  • Assess students

    Evaluate the students' (academic) progress, achievements, course knowledge and skills through assignments, tests, and examinations. Diagnose their needs and track their progress, strengths, and weaknesses. Formulate a summative statement of the goals the student achieved.

  • Assist students in their learning

    Support and coach students in their work, give learners practical support and encouragement.

  • Prepare lesson content

    Prepare content to be taught in class in accordance with curriculum objectives by drafting exercises, researching up-to-date examples etc.

  • Monitor developments in field of expertise

    Keep up with new research, regulations, and other significant changes, labour market related or otherwise, occurring within the field of specialisation.

  • Maintain students' discipline

    Make sure students follow the rules and code of behaviour established in the school and take the appropriate measures in case of violation or misbehaviour.

  • Give constructive feedback

    Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.

  • Secondary school procedures

    The inner workings of a secondary school, such as the structure of the relevant education support and management, the policies, and the regulations.

  • Manage student relationships

    Manage the relations between students and between student and teacher. Act as a just authority and create an environment of trust and stability.

  • Apply teaching strategies

    Employ various approaches, learning styles, and channels to instruct students, such as communicating content in terms they can understand, organising talking points for clarity, and repeating arguments when necessary. Use a wide range of teaching devices and methodologies appropriate to the class content, the learners' level, goals, and priorities.

  • Observe student's progress

    Follow up on students’ learning progress and assess their achievements and needs.

  • Liaise with educational support staff

    Communicate with education management, such as the school principal and board members, and with the education support team such as the teaching assistant, school counsellor or academic advisor on issues relating the students' well-being.

  • Apply intercultural teaching strategies

    Ensure that the content, methods, materials and the general learning experience is inclusive for all students and takes into account the expectations and experiences of learners from diverse cultural backgrounds. Explore individual and social stereotypes and develop cross-cultural teaching strategies.

  • Demonstrate when teaching

    Present to others examples of your experience, skills, and competences that are appropriate to specific learning content to help students in their learning.

  • Guarantee students' safety

    Ensure all students falling under an instructor or other person’s supervision are safe and accounted for. Follow safety precautions in the learning situation.

  • Teach chemistry

    Instruct students in the theory and practice of chemistry, more specifically in biochemistry, chemical laws, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and theoretical chemistry.

  • Develop course outline

    Research and establish an outline of the course to be taught and calculate a time frame for the instructional plan in accordance with school regulations and curriculum objectives.

  • Assign homework

    Provide additional exercises and assignments that the students will prepare at home, explain them in a clear way, and determine the deadline and evaluation method.

  • Perform classroom management

    Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.

  • Liaise with educational staff

    Communicate with the school staff such as teachers, teaching assistants, academic advisors, and the principal on issues relating to students' well-being. In the context of a university, liaise with the technical and research staff to discuss research projects and courses-related matters.

  • Compile course material

    Write, select or recommend a syllabus of learning material for the students enrolled in the course.

Optional knowledge and skills

assist in the organisation of school events prepare youths for adulthood disability types perform playground surveillance facilitate teamwork between students identify cross-curricular links with other subject areas arrange parent teacher conference provide lesson materials laboratory-based sciences toxicology physics supervise laboratory operations monitor educational developments work with virtual learning environments recognise indicators of gifted student identify learning disorders adolescent socialisation behaviour keep records of attendance oversee extra-curricular activities perform laboratory tests manage resources for educational purposes assist students with equipment consult student's support system escort students on a field trip