Norman Public Schools
Classroom Teacher Job Description
Job Title: Classroom Teacher
Credentials: Current Oklahoma Certificate or License with endorsements for appropriate level/subject area.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in education or related field from college/university recognized by the Oklahoma Board of Education.
Reports to: Building administrators.
Contract: 182 days (+ New Teacher Induction week for teachers new to NPS).
FLSA Classification: Exempt.
Essential Job Functions:
- Possess a broad scope and knowledge of relevant subject matter and be acquainted with recent pedagogical developments.
- Participate in and contribute to NPS’ curriculum development programs.
- Understand and apply sound principles of childhood development related to physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth.
- Understand and utilize a variety of strategies to facilitate participation and learning by all students.
- Translate lesson plans into learning experiences that effectively utilize the available time for instruction.
- Establish and adjust procedures to ensure that district and site objectives are attained despite individual student differences.
- Provide clear direction and instruction. Related objectives, involve all learners, demonstrate required skill, adjust based on monitoring, guide practice, and establish closure.
- Make assignments related to objects and arrange for differentiated assignments to meet the needs and abilities of all students.
- Evaluate students’ academic growth fairly and impartially, utilizing standardized tests, as well as teacher designed assignments. Administer group-standardized tests in accordance with the district testing program.
- Keep appropriate and accurate records and prepare reports relating to students’ progress and needs.
- Cooperate with other professional staff members in assessing and helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
- Organize classroom routines to minimize classroom disciplinary problems. Handle all but the most serious classroom disciplinary problems without administrative involvement.
- Establish and maintain necessary standards of student behavior to achieve a positive and functional learning environment without negatively impacting other classrooms.
- Be familiar with and abide by ALL district policies and procedures.
- Be familiar with and effectively teach adopted courses of study including selecting and using appropriate materials.
- Be familiar with all district policies and procedures.
- Be familiar with and teach adopted courses of study. Select and use the appropriate materials to facilitate teaching and learning of the adopted curriculum.
- Maintain building equipment and supplies in the best possible condition and promote this good stewardship among students.
- Establish rapport with students and provide a pleasant, safe and orderly climate conducive to learning.
- Maintain professional competence through in-service education activities provided by the district and self-selected professional growth activities while meeting the districts’ requirement for professional development activities.
- Supervise students during out of class times in the course of the workday.
- Carry out your designated share of the extra-curricular school activities.
- Demonstrate a professional and ethical attitude towards the district, school, other employees, students, parents, and the public.
- Demonstrate emotional maturity, initiative, self-reliance, and problem solving skills. Respond to criticism in a constructive manner.
- Develop and maintain open communication. Work cooperatively with administrators, colleagues, volunteers, students, and parents. Share ideas, materials, and space.
- Communicate with parents through conferences and other means to discuss student progress. Help parents and students understand the school program.
- Demonstrate good judgement and sound decision making.
- Participate in school site improvement planning and faculty committees.
- Assist special education students with academic, social, and personal needs.
- Keep required records in an efficient and legible manner and in accordance with all district requirements.
- Present a professional appearance appropriate to assigned duties.
- Understand and apply knowledge of multicultural issues.
- Perform other related duties assigned by the principal.
- Perform teaching and reporting requirements as identified as a part of the state and federally funded programs.
- Personnel – Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations, and personnel information systems.
- English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language, including the definition and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Mathematics – Knowledge of arithmetic, and basic computations regarding addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages.
- Customer and Personal Services – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes when a customer needs assessment and meeting the quality standards for services and the evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Communication Skills: A teacher must possess and demonstrate effective communication skills as he/she exchanges information, gives and receives instructions, responds to inquiries, completes forms, and prepares correspondence. Teachers must have the ability to write legibly. A teacher must also demonstrate an excellent knowledge of grammatical structure, spelling and vocabulary. Teachers must communicate in a clear and grammatically correct manner at all times.
- Performance Measures: A teacher performs skilled, professional leveled tasks under limited supervision to provide the appropriate teaching strategies and environment for student learning. This includes but is not limited to; developing lesson plans, teaching, evaluating student progress, assigning grades, accomplishing curriculum objectives, meeting with parents and staff to enhance the learning process and growth of the students, utilizing discretion, ingenuity, and independent judgment to meet the challenges of the job. Teachers must establish guidelines/syllabus with the appropriate instructional objectives, maintain classroom discipline, encourage learning with effective teaching techniques, and promote acquisition of skills and knowledge to apply principles, theories, and other learning objectives. Teachers must also monitor student progress (grading, feedback, behavior, etc..), provide an environment that encourages independent thinking and demonstrates care and assistance for students with special concerns or needs.
- Contact with Others: A teacher has regular contact with patrons, students, and staff. Teachers must; interpret and translate facts and information; explain situations and issues; identify alternative courses of action; and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
- Oral Comprehension – The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented to you through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression – The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Written Comprehension – The ability to read and understand the information and ideas presented in writing.
- Written Expression – The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- 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 one is there.
- 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.
- 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 a close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Mathematical Reasoning – The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates – Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephones, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Getting Information – Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Analyzing Data or Information – Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems – Analyzing information and evaluation results to choose the best solution and solve the problem.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships – Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Interacting with Computers – Using computers and computer systems (including software and hardware) to program, set up functions, and enter data or process information.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge – Keeping up-to-date technically and applying knowledge to your job.
- Organizing, Planning and Prioritizing Work – Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Processing Information – Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information and data.