Profession secondary school teacher

secondary school teacher

Secondary education teachers instruct students in secondary public or private schools in one or more subjects at the secondary level, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.

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Personality Type

Tasks secondary school teacher

  • Prepare outlines for courses, including schedule and content of lectures, demonstrations, discussion groups, sessions and seminars.
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, assignments, hand outs and exams.
  • Prepare class meetings (e.g. lectures, demonstrations, seminars, laboratory sessions).
  • Teach classes using different teaching methods.
  • Maintain discipline and good working habits in the classroom.
  • Evaluate and grade students' work, such as exams, assignments and papers.
  • Evaluate and report on student' performance and behavior.
  • Keep abreast of developments in their field, e.g. by reading current literature, talking with colleagues and participating in professional conferences.
  • Participate in staff meetings and other sessions, and confer with other teachers concerning educational issues.
  • Participate in activities in partnership with parents and the school community.
  • Evaluate and, if necessary, revise curricula, course content, course materials, methods of instruction, etc.

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  • Secondary education teacher education science and teacher training
  • Secondary education teacher engineering, manufacturing and construction
  • Secondary education teacher general programs, no specific field
  • Secondary education teacher health and welfare subjects
  • Secondary education teacher humanities, languages and arts
  • Secondary education teacher law and public administration
  • Secondary education teacher natural and life sciences
  • Secondary education teacher social work, social science
  • Secondary education teacher, other subjects
  • Secondary school manager


  • Curriculum objectives

    The goals identified in curricula and defined learning outcomes.

  • 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.

  • Learning difficulties

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


  • Perform classroom management

    Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.

  • 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.

  • 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 student's behaviour

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Observe student's progress

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Assist students in their learning

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

  • 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.

  • Compile course material

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

Optional knowledge and skills

ethics sporting equipment usage adapt a script music literature cartography ethnolinguistics oversee extra-curricular activities ict software specifications teach languages human anatomy geographic areas theology mathematics assist in the organisation of school events linguistics stimulate creativity in the team cultural history office software fine arts sport and exercise medicine teach music principles toxicology perform playground surveillance copyright legislation musical instruments history of philosophy types of literature genres supervise craft production identify talent in sport develop competitive strategies in sport philosophical schools of thought use artistic materials for drawing supervise spoken language learning develop digital educational materials computer technology play musical instruments computer history adolescent socialisation behaviour improvise music keep records of attendance teach digital literacy orchestrate music recognise indicators of gifted student metaphysics business processes biomechanics of sport performance religious studies thermodynamics speak different languages ict communications protocols motivate in sports teach computer science applied zoology biology ict hardware specifications consult student's support system maintain computer hardware create script for artistic production pronunciation techniques define performance concepts classical antiquity musical theory computer science perform ict troubleshooting laboratory techniques commercial law statistics graphic design political ideologies ecology modern languages art history monitor educational developments teach mathematics literary techniques escort students on a field trip promote balance between rest and activity movement techniques philosophy biological chemistry microbiology-bacteriology economics use it tools language teaching methods history of literature geology teach biology children's physical development geography select artistic materials to create artworks facilitate teamwork between students botany identify learning disorders acoustics provide learning support teach business principles sociology evolutionary biology breathing techniques financial jurisdiction acting techniques execute analytical mathematical calculations literature politics logic teach chemistry gather reference materials for artwork conduct background research for plays climatology e-learning geographical routes arrange parent teacher conference demonstrate a technical foundation in musical instruments human-computer interaction history of musical instruments analyse a script historic architecture prepare youths for adulthood disability types lead cast and crew identify cross-curricular links with other subject areas features of sporting equipment classical languages organise rehearsals teach astronomy chemistry morality musical notation sport games rules physics monitor art scene developments employ pedagogic strategies to facilitate creative engagement organise training provide health education personalise sports programme sports competition information teach history cooperate with education professionals local geography assist students with equipment work with virtual learning environments read musical score corporate law teach principles of literature chemical processes teach arts principles sports nutrition writing techniques maintain safe working conditions in performing arts periodisation teach economic principles pedagogy laboratory-based sciences teach religious studies class perform laboratory tests business law analyse theatre texts manage resources for educational purposes teach geography business management principles genetics vocal techniques teach philosophy instruct in sport business strategy concepts sport history history of theology teach physics history follow trends in sporting equipment types of paint assessment processes supervise laboratory operations use painting techniques maintain musical instruments plan sports instruction programme source criticism literary theory rhetoric apply risk management in sports musical genres develop a coaching style historical methods sporting events supervise music groups astronomy molecular biology ensure visual quality of the set provide lesson materials geographic information systems

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