Profession primary school teacher

  • primary school teacher

Primary school teachers teach pupils in public or private schools at the elementary level.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Artistic

Tasks primary school teacher

  • Prepare daily and longer term lesson plans in accordance with curriculum guidelines.
  • Prepare class meetings, e.g. by gathering materials and preparing the classroom.
  • Instruct children individually and in groups, using various teaching methods and materials (e.g., computers, books, games), adapting to children's varying needs.
  • Maintain discipline and good working habits in the classroom.
  • Plan and conduct activities with the children, e.g. sporting activities, concerts and excursions.
  • Assign and grade class work and homework.
  • Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate children's progress.
  • Observe and evaluate children's performance and behavior.
  • Supervise children during classes and at other times in the school day, including the playground during breaks.
  • Participate in staff meetings and other sessions, and confer with other teachers concerning educational issues.
  • Prepare for and attend parent meetings, e.g. to discuss children's progress and problems (if any).

Related professions primary teaching

  • Primary school head
  • Schoolchildren attendant
  • Special needs teacher primary school
  • Teacher assistant

Knowledge

  • Curriculum objectives

    The goals identified in curricula and defined learning outcomes.

  • Assessment processes

    Various evaluation techniques, theories, and tools applicable in the assessment of students, participants in a programme, and employees. Different assessment strategies such as initial, formative, summative and self- assessment are used for varying purposes.

  • Teamwork principles

    The cooperation between people characterised by a unified commitment to achieving a given goal, participating equally, maintaining open communication, facilitating effective usage of ideas etc.

  • Primary school procedures

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

  • Learning difficulties

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

Skills

  • 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.

  • Employ pedagogic strategies to facilitate creative engagement

    Communicate to others on devising and facilitating creative processes through the use of a range of tasks and activities appropriate to the target group.

  • Prepare lesson content

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

  • 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.

  • Maintain relations with children's parents

    Inform children`s parents of the activities planned, program`s expectations and children`s individual progress.

  • Observe student's progress

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

  • Perform classroom management

    Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Assist students with equipment

    Provide assistance to students when working with (technical) equipment used in practice-based lessons and solve operational problems when 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.

  • Motivate others

    Direct other people's behaviour by providing them with a convincing reason for action.

  • 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.

  • Teach primary education class content

    Instruct primary school students in the theory and practice of a variety of subjects, such as mathematics, languages, and nature studies, building the course content based on students' existing knowledge and encouraging them to deepen their understanding on the subjects they're interested in.

  • Support the positiveness of youths

    Help children and young people to assess their social, emotional and identity needs and to develop a positive self image, enhance their self esteem and improve their self reliance.

  • Implement care programmes for children

    Perform activities with children according to their physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs by using appropriate tools and equipment that facilitate interaction and learning activities.

  • Prepare youths for adulthood

    Work with children and young people to identify the skills and abilities they will need to become effective citizens and adults and to prepare them for independence.

  • 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.

  • Encourage students to acknowledge their achievements

    Stimulate students to appreciate their own achievements and actions to nurture confidence and educational growth.

  • 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.

  • Facilitate teamwork between students

    Encourage students to cooperate with others in their learning by working in teams, for example through group activities.

  • Assist students in their learning

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

  • Manage children's problems

    Promote the prevention, early detection, and management of children`s problems, focusing on developmental delays and disorders, behavioural problems, functional disabilities, social stresses, mental disorders including depression, and anxiety disorders.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

maintain musical instruments keep records of attendance musical instruments special needs education improvise music work with virtual learning environments common children's diseases oversee extra-curricular activities play musical instruments workplace sanitation disability types create craft prototypes teach arts principles provide after school care behavioural disorders arrange parent teacher conference organise creative performance assist in children's development of basic personal skills liaise with educational support staff developmental psychology musical genres assess the development of youth teach music principles manage resources for educational purposes provide lesson materials assist in the organisation of school events consult students on learning content develop course outline musical theory select artistic materials to create artworks children's physical development bring out performers’ artistic potential escort students on a field trip support gifted students advise on lesson plans perform playground surveillance attend to children's basic physical needs recognise indicators of gifted student supervise craft production musical notation

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