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Teachers, Preschool

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Preschool
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification. Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
 
Attend to children's basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, and changing their diapers.
 
Teach basic skills such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
 
Establish and enforce rules for behavior, and procedures for maintaining order.
 
Read books to entire classes or to small groups.
 
Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, storytelling, and field trips.
 
Observe and evaluate children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
 
Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems, and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.
 
Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and needs, determine their priorities for their children, and suggest ways that they can promote learning and development.
 
Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.
 
Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
 
Teach proper eating habits and personal hygiene.
 
Serve meals and snacks in accordance with nutritional guidelines.
 
Assimilate arriving children to the school environment by greeting them, helping them remove outerwear, and selecting activities of interest to them.
 
Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
 
Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to children.
 
Demonstrate activities to children.
 
Arrange indoor and outdoor space to facilitate creative play, motor-skill activities, and safety.
 
Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
 
Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
 
Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
 
Organize and label materials, and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their ages and perceptual skills.
 
Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
 
Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
 
Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.
 
Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of preschool programs.
 
Attend staff meetings, and serve on committees as required.
 
Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
 
Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guests, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
 
Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
 
Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms.
 
Perform administrative duties such as hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
 
Administer tests to help determine children's developmental levels, needs, and potential.
 
Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Preschool
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Philosophy and Theology Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Preschool
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
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.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Preschool
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Preschool
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Children's educational software Computer based training software
 
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Compact digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Compact disk CD players Compact disk players or recorders
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Educational board games Board games
 
Educational puzzles Puzzles
 
Educational toys Cognitive toys
 
Emergency first aid kits Emergency medical services first aid kits
 
Pegboards Tactile toys
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Photocopying equipment Photocopiers
 
Play structures Balance or gross motor equipment
 
Sand tables Sand or water tables or activity centers
 
Toy block sets Building blocks
 
Water tables Sand or water tables or activity centers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Preschool
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience None
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Preschool
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
2 Year Olds Preschool Teacher
Assistant Teacher
Associate Teacher
Bilingual Instructor
Bilingual Teacher
Child Care Provider
Child Care Teacher
Child Caregiver
Child Development Associate Teacher (CDA Teacher)
Child Development Teacher
Childcare Teacher
Childhood Development Teacher
Classroom Instructor
Co-Teacher
Day Care Provider
Day Care Teacher
Daycare Teacher
Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program Teacher (ECEAP)
Early Childhood Teacher
Family Intervention Specialist
Family Service Worker
Group Teacher
Head Start Teacher
Head Teacher
Headstart Teacher
Home Visitor - Home Base Head Start
Infant Teacher
Kindergarten Teacher
Lead Teacher
Montessori Paraprofessional
Montessori Preschool Teacher
Montessori Teacher
Nursery School Teacher
Nursery Teacher
Pre-K Teacher
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (Pre-K Teacher)
Pre-School Teacher
Prekindergarten Teacher
Preschool Teacher
Teacher
Teacher Aide
Teacher Assistant
Toddler Guide
Toddler Teacher
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Preschool
 
 
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