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 / Enterprising

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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  • Curriculum objectives

    The goals identified in curricula and defined learning outcomes.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Monitor student's behaviour

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Perform classroom management

    Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Assist students in their learning

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Observe student's progress

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

  • 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.

  • Prepare lesson content

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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