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

  • Social / Artistic

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 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


  • 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.

  • Curriculum objectives

    The goals identified in curricula and defined learning outcomes.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Prepare lesson content

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Assist students in their learning

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

  • Motivate others

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

  • Compile course material

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Monitor student's behaviour

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

  • 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.

  • Observe student's progress

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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