CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Teachers, Elementary School

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Elementary School
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level. Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.
 
Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
 
Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
 
Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
 
Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
 
Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
 
Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
 
Assign and grade class work and homework.
 
Read books to entire classes or small groups.
 
Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
 
Confer with parents or guardians, teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
 
Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.
 
Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
 
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.
 
Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
 
Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
 
Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
 
Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.
 
Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
 
Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
 
Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
 
Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
 
Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of elementary school programs.
 
Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
 
Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
 
Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, and storytelling.
 
Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
 
Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
 
Organize and label materials and display students' work.
 
Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
 
Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine student strengths and areas of need.
 
Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.
 
Involve parent volunteers and older students in children's activities to facilitate involvement in focused, complex play.
 
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.
 
Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
 
Sponsor extracurricular activities such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Elementary School
 
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.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
History and Archeology Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
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.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Elementary School
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
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.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
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.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
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, Elementary School
 
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.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
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.
 
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).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
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).
 
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.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
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).
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
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.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Elementary School
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Children's educational software Computer based training software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
Graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Audiotape players Cassette players or recorders
 
Calculators Calculators or accessories
 
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
 
Optical compound microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
 
Overhead display projectors Overhead projectors
 
Pegboards Tactile toys
 
Pencil compasses Compasses
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Photocopying equipment Photocopiers
 
Precision balances Laboratory balances
 
Prisms Prisms
 
Science activity kits Childrens science kits
 
Television monitors Televisions
 
Toy block sets Building blocks
 
Video cassette recorders VCR Video cassette players or recorders
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Elementary School
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Related Work Experience None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Elementary School
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
1st Grade Teacher
2nd Grade Teacher
3rd Grade Reading Teacher
3rd Grade Teacher
4th Grade Math Teacher
4th Grade Teacher
5th Grade Teacher
6th Grade Teacher
Art Educator
Art Instructor
Art Teacher
Band Director
Band Teacher
Bilingual Instructor
Bilingual Teacher
Choir Teacher
Classroom Teacher
ESL Instructor (English as a Second Language Instructor)
ESL Teacher (English as a Second Language Teacher)
Educator
Elementary Art Teacher
Elementary Education Teacher
Elementary Educator
Elementary School Band Director
Elementary School Teacher
Elementary Teacher
Fifth Grade Teacher
First Grade Teacher
Grade School Teacher
Grades 1 Through 5 Teacher
Grades 1 Through 6 Teacher
Grades 1 Thru 5 Teacher
Grades 1 Thru 6 Home Teacher
Grades 1 Thru 6 Visiting Teacher
Gym Teacher
Gymnastic Teacher
Kindergarten Teacher
Language Arts Teacher
Language Instructor
Literacy Coordinator
Media Specialist
Montessori Teacher
Music Director
Music Educator
Music Instructor
Music Supervisor
Music Teacher
Orchestra Teacher
Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher)
Physical Fitness Teacher
Practice or Student Teacher
Primary Teacher
Reading Recovery Teacher
Reading Teacher
Resource Teacher
Second Grade Teacher
Sixth Grade Teacher
Substitute Teacher
Teacher
Title I Teacher
Title One Reading Teacher
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Teachers, Elementary School
 
 
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