CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Teachers, Kindergarten

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Kindergarten
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Teach elemental natural and social science, personal hygiene, music, art, and literature to kindergarten students. Promote physical, mental, and social development. May be required to hold State certification. Teach basic skills such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
 
Establish and enforce rules for behavior, and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
 
Observe and evaluate children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
 
Instruct students individually and in groups, adapting teaching methods to meet students' varying needs and interests.
 
Read books to entire classes or to small groups.
 
Demonstrate activities to children.
 
Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
 
Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
 
Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
 
Prepare children for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
 
Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to children.
 
Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
 
Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress, and to determine their priorities for their children and their resource needs.
 
Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development such as games, arts and crafts, music, and storytelling.
 
Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
 
Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
 
Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials, to prevent injuries and damage.
 
Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems, and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.
 
Assimilate arriving children to the school environment by greeting them, helping them remove outerwear, and selecting activities of interest to them.
 
Maintain accurate and complete student records, and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
 
Prepare materials, classrooms, and other indoor and outdoor spaces to facilitate creative play, learning and motor-skill activities, and safety.
 
Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of kindergarten programs.
 
Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate children's progress.
 
Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
 
Organize and label materials and display children's work in a manner appropriate for their sizes and perceptual skills.
 
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.
 
Administer standardized ability and achievement tests, and interpret results to determine children's developmental levels and needs.
 
Prepare for assigned classes, and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
 
Use computers, audiovisual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
 
Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guests, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
 
Involve parent volunteers and older students in children's activities, to facilitate involvement in focused, complex play.
 
Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
 
Perform administrative duties such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
 
Attend staff meetings, and serve on committees as required.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Kindergarten
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Kindergarten
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
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.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
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, Kindergarten
 
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.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
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).
 
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 Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
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.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
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).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
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.
 
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).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Kindergarten
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Children's educational software Computer based training software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Audiotape players Cassette players or recorders
 
Compact digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Compact disk CD players Compact disk players or recorders
 
Computer laser printers Laser printers
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Educational board games Board games
 
Intercom systems Intercom systems
 
Laminating machines Laminators
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Overhead display projectors Overhead projectors
 
Pegboards Tactile toys
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Sand tables Sand or water tables or activity centers
 
Science activity kits Childrens science kits
 
Television monitors Televisions
 
Toy block sets Building blocks
 
Video cassette recorders VCR Video cassette players or recorders
 
Water tables Sand or water tables or activity centers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Kindergarten
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Kindergarten
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
4 Year Olds Kindergarten Teacher
Art Teacher
Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher
Classroom Teacher
Early Childhood Teacher
Elementary Art Teacher
Elementary Teacher
House Adviser
Kinder Teacher
Kindergarten / First Grade Teacher
Kindergarten Teacher
Montessori Teacher
Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher)
Physical Fitness Teacher
Preschool Teacher
Teacher
Title One Kindergarten Teacher
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Kindergarten
 
 
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