Secondary school teachers teach one or more subjects within the school curriculum to secondary students. Subject areas include English, mathematics, science, history, geography, drama, dance, art, music, health and physical education, design, information technology, languages other than English, and home economics (see separate entry for Home Economist).
Duties & Tasks
Secondary school teachers may perform the following tasks:prepare daily lessons and long-term teaching programmes in accordance with state or territory curriculum and guidelines
teach using a variety of methods, including formal lessons, discussions, practical activities, experiments, projects, assignments and excursions, taking into account the differences between individual students
use information technology to assist with lesson preparation, teaching and reporting
set tests, exams, projects, assignments and homework; mark and correct assessments; and sort the results
evaluate and report on the progress of students, and discuss individual performance and problems with students and parents
establish and maintain good working habits and discipline in classrooms and throughout the school
supervise extra classes when other teachers are absent
supervise students in the yard during lunchtime and other breaks
carry out relevant administrative duties
attend staff meetings, educational conferences and other professional development activities
coordinate work experience and industry-based programmes
participate in other activities in partnership with parents and the school community, including parent-teacher nights, school council and other committees
assist with organising sporting events, camping trips and other excursions
be involved in distance education (for example, teaching using radio and television transmission, correspondence, audiovisual and other multimedia resources)
coordinate administrative support programmes and the work of non-teaching staff in schools
network with other teachers
work with other staff to revise the school's policies and curriculum implementation to reflect changing student needs and government initiatives.
Secondary school teachers need to continually update their subject knowledge and teaching methods through private study and professional development activities.
enthusiasm for, and ability in, their chosen subject area and teaching
excellent organisational skills
able to communicate concepts and instructions clearly
enjoy working with teenagers
patient when dealing with students of differing abilities and cultures
acceptance of the rights and needs of all individuals
prepared to work outside of school hours.