CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Middle School Teachers, Except Spec Ed and Voc Ed

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Middle School Teachers, Except Spec Ed and Voc Ed
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate these objectives to students.
Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
Maintain accurate, complete, and correct student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
Assign lessons and correct homework.
Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.
Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
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.
Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injury and damage.
Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of middle school programs.
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.
Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine student strengths and areas of need.
Organize and label materials and display students' work.
Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
Attend staff meetings and serve on staff committees, as required.
Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from such 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.
Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.
Assist students who need extra help, such as by tutoring and preparing and implementing remedial programs.
Meet or correspond with parents or guardians to discuss children's progress and to determine priorities and resource needs.
Coordinate and supervise extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Middle School Teachers, Except Spec Ed and Voc Ed
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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.
History and Archeology Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
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: Middle School Teachers, Except Spec Ed and Voc Ed
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
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.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Middle School Teachers, Except Spec Ed and Voc Ed
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.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
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.
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).
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).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
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).
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
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).
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
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.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Middle School Teachers, Except Spec Ed and Voc Ed
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Children's educational software Computer based training software
Email software Electronic mail 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
Video editing software Graphics or photo imaging software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Bunsen burners Gas burners
Computer laser printers Laser printers
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Digital video cameras Digital camcorders or video cameras
Dissection scalpels Laboratory scalpels
Document cameras Document camera
Glass beakers Laboratory beakers
Interactive whiteboards Touch screen monitors
Laboratory heating plates Laboratory hotplates
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Liquid crystal display LCD projectors Liquid crystal display projector
Multimedia projection equipment Multimedia projectors
Optical compound microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
Pencil compasses Compasses
Personal computers Personal computers
Photocopying equipment Photocopiers
Safety gloves Protective gloves
Safety goggles Goggles
Science activity kits Childrens science kits
Television monitors Televisions
Video camcorders Hand held camcorders or video cameras
Video cassette recorders VCR Video cassette players or recorders
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Middle School Teachers, Except Spec Ed and Voc Ed
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Middle School Teachers, Except Spec Ed and Voc Ed
Alternate Job Title(s)
6th Grade Teacher
7th Grade Social Studies Teacher
7th Grade Teacher
8th Grade Mathematics Teacher
8th Grade Teacher
Algebra Teacher
American History Teacher
Art Educator
Art Instructor
Art Teacher
Athletic Director
Band Director
Band Teacher
Bilingual Instructor
Bilingual Teacher
Choir Director
Classroom Teacher
Computer Teacher
ESL Instructor (English as a Second Language Instructor)
ESL Teacher (English as a Second Language Teacher)
English Language Arts Teacher (ELA Teacher)
English Teacher
Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher (FACS Teacher)
Foreign Language Teacher
Grades 6 Through 8 Teacher
Grades 7 and 8 Teacher
Grades 7 and 8 Visiting Teacher
Gym Teacher
Gymnastic Teacher
Health Teacher
Health and Physical Education Teacher
History Teacher
Home Teaching Grades 7 and 8 Teacher
Humanities Teacher
Instrumental Music Teacher
Instrumental Teacher
Intermediate Teacher
Junior High Math Teacher
Junior High School Teacher
Language Arts Teacher
Language Instructor
Library Media Specialist
Life Science Teacher
Literacy Teacher
Literature Teacher
Math Teacher (Mathematics Teacher)
Middle School Art Teacher
Middle School Coach
Middle School English Teacher
Middle School Math Teacher
Middle School PE Teacher
Middle School Science Teacher
Middle School Teacher
Montessori Teacher
Music Educator
Music Teacher
Orchestra Teacher
Physical Education Instructor
Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher)
Physical Fitness Teacher
Physical Science Teacher
Pre-Algebra Teacher
Public School Teacher
Reading Specialist
Reading Teacher
Science Teacher
Social Studies Teacher
Spanish Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Substitute Teacher
Technology Teacher
Visual Arts Teacher
Vocal Music Instructor
World Geography Teacher
World History Teacher
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, K-12
Benchmark Title: Middle School Teachers, Except Spec Ed and Voc Ed
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