Gifted and Talented Teacher
Gifted and Talented (GT) Teacher (Secondary)
1. As established by the State Board of Education.
2. A bachelor’s degree.
3. A valid New Mexico teaching license with endorsements as needed.
4. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate.
5. Pass a background check.
SUPERVISOR: Director of Special Education
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
1. Accurately demonstrates knowledge of the content area and approved curriculum.
a. Utilizes and enhances approved curriculum.
b. Gives clear explanations relating to lesson content and procedure.
c. Communicates accurately in the content area.
d. Shows inter-relatedness of one content area to another.
2 Appropriately utilizes a variety of teaching methods and resources for each area taught.
a. Provides opportunities for students to work independently, in small groups and in large groups, as appropriate.
b. Uses a variety of methods such as demonstrations, lectures, student- initiated work, group work, questioning, independent practice, etc, as appropriate.
c. Uses a variety of resources such as field trips, supplemental printed materials, manipulative etc., as appropriate.
d. Provides opportunities for students to apply, practice and demonstrate knowledge and skills learned through various modalities.
3. Communicates with and obtains feedback from students in a manner that enhances student learning and understanding.
a. Explains and/or demonstrates the relevance of topics and activities.
b. Communicates to students the instructional intent, directions or plan at the appropriate time.
c. Establishes and sets expectations for student performance.
d. Clarifies actions, directions and explanations when students do not understand.
e. Actively solicits communication from students about their learning.
f. Communicates regularly with students about their progress.
4. Comprehends the principles of student growth, development and learning, and applies them appropriately.
a. Uses and instructs students in the use of cognitive thinking skills such as critical thinking, inquiry, decision-making, etc.
b. Uses teaching techniques which address student learning levels, rates and styles.
c. Uses materials and media which address student learning levels, rates and styles.
d. Uses resources such as community service agencies, school personnel, parents, etc. to meet student learning levels, rates, and styles.
5. Effectively utilizes student assessment techniques and procedures.
a. Uses a variety of assessment tools and strategies, as appropriate.
b. Uses information gained from ongoing assessment for remediation and instructional planning.
c. Maintains documentation of student progress.
d. Communicates student progress with students and families in a timely manner.
6. Manages the educational setting in a manner that promotes positive student behavior and a safe and healthy environment.
a. Serves as a model for constructive behavior patterns.
b. Executes routine tasks effectively and efficiently.
c. Establishes and states expectations for student behavior.
d. Handles transitions effectively.
e. Has materials and media ready for student use.
f. Minimizes distractions and interruptions.
g. Manages student behavior effectively and appropriately.
h. Identifies hazards, assesses risks and takes appropriate action.
7. Recognizes student diversity and creates an atmosphere conducive to the promotion of positive student involvement and self-concept.
a. Demonstrates sensitivity and responsiveness to the personal ideas, needs, interests, and feelings of students.
b. Acknowledges student performance and achievement.
c. Acknowledges that every student can learn.
d. Provides opportunities for active involvement and creativity.
e. Provides opportunities for each student to succeed.
f. Provides opportunities for students to be responsible for their own behavior and learning.
g. Provides positive student/teacher relationships.
h. Encourages high student expectations.
i. Demonstrates an awareness and respect for each student’s background, experience and culture.
8. Demonstrates a willingness to examine and implement change as appropriate.
a. Seeks out information on methodology, research and current trends in education to enhance and improve the quality of learning.
b. Implements a variety of strategies to enhance learning.
c. Recognizes that change entails risk and modification may be needed.
9. Works productively with colleagues, parents, and community members.
a. Collaborates with colleagues.
b. Communicates with parents on a regular basis.
c. Uses conflict resolving strategies when necessary.
d. Involves parents and community in their learning environment.
e. Communicates in a professional manner with colleagues, parents, and community members regarding educational matters.
10. Works well with administration to meet professional requirements and responsibilities.
a. Is punctual in attendance and in responding to timelines.
b. Complies with District and Building Policies.
c. Lesson plans are current and appropriate.
d. Grade books and records are kept according to District and Building Policies.
e. Maintains professional appearance.
f. Reports to duty on time and supervises appropriately.
g. Responds constructively to supervision.
h. Demonstrates courtesy, tact, and self-control.
i. Collaborates with and supports administration and all staff members.
j. Exhibits overall positive approach
ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
1. Perform other tasks as may be deemed appropriate and necessary by supervisor(s) or the Board.
2. Follow all laws of the community, state, and federal governments.
3. Follow all policies and regulations of the School District/Board.
4. Take precautions to protect equipment, materials, and facilities.
5. Serve duties and supervise students as assigned.
6. Leave adequate preparations for a substitute.
7. Serve on committees as requested.
8. Review and/or order supplies and materials for the school and classroom.
9. Participate in in-service or other trainings.
10. Apply for and keep all teaching credentials current.