Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

Median Annual Wage: $54,940

Education: Bachelor's degree (73%); Post-baccalaureate certificate (17%); Post-master's certificate (8%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Teacher; English Teacher; Math Teacher (Mathematics Teacher); Science Teacher; Language Arts Teacher; Social Studies Teacher; Reading Teacher; Middle School Teacher; Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher); Music Teacher

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education.

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  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  • Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and correct student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate these objectives to students.
  • Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
  • Assist students who need extra help, such as by tutoring and preparing and implementing remedial programs.
  • Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
  • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Assign lessons and correct homework.
  • Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Meet or correspond with parents or guardians to discuss children's progress and to determine priorities and resource needs.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injury and damage.
  • Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
  • Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of middle school programs.
  • Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from such activities.
  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine student strengths and areas of need.
  • Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
  • Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
  • Perform administrative duties such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
  • Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Organize and label materials and display students' work.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on staff committees, as required.
  • Coordinate and supervise extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education.

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education.

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