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 guidelinesteach using a variety of methods, including formal lessons, discussions, practical activities, experiments, projects, assignments and excursions, taking into account the differences between individual studentsuse information technology to assist with lesson preparation, teaching and reportingset tests, exams, projects, assignments and homework; mark and correct assessments; and sort the resultsevaluate and report on the progress of students, and discuss individual performance and problems with students and parentsestablish and maintain good working habits and discipline in classrooms and throughout the schoolsupervise extra classes when other teachers are absentsupervise students in the yard during lunchtime and other breakscarry out relevant administrative dutiesattend staff meetings, educational conferences and other professional development activitiescoordinate work experience and industry-based programmesparticipate in other activities in partnership with parents and the school community, including parent-teacher nights, school council and other committeesassist with organising sporting events, camping trips and other excursionsbe 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 schoolsnetwork with other teacherswork 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.