What do Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education do?

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.

  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • 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.
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and correct student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate these objectives to students.
  • Assist students who need extra help, such as by tutoring and preparing and implementing remedial programs.
  • Assign lessons and correct homework.
  • Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine student strengths and areas of need.
  • 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 staff meetings and serve on staff committees, as required.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Coordinate and supervise extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
  • 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.

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Necessary Skills

  • Instructing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing