Special Education High School Teacher of English
Required Certification(s) and/or Degree: NJ Certificate Teacher of English / TOSD
Reports to: Principal
The Teacher of English position is responsible for creating a school classroom environment that develops in each student skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing that are fundamental to effective communication and literate citizenship; that develops appreciation of good literature of all types; that motivates students to read widely for information and recreation; that develops standards for critical judgment of written and oral communications
- Assess students’ skills to determine their needs and to develop teaching plans.
- Adapt lessons to meet the needs of students.
- Develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for each student.
- Implement IEPs, assess students’ performance, and track their progress.
- Update IEPs throughout the school year to reflect students’ progress and goals.
- Discuss student’s progress with parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, and administrators
- Confer with parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, and administrators in order to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
- Teaches content and skills in English language, literature, composition, reading, journalism.
- Adapts English material and methods to develop relevant sequential assignments and lesson plans that guide and challenge students.
- Develops lesson plans and supplementary materials compatible with the division’s basic instructional philosophy and congruent with course standards; provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student and subgroups of students.
- Evaluates academic and social growth of students, prepares report cards, appropriate records to include attendance reports, checklists, census forms, and other recordkeeping activities as necessary.
- Encourages students to think independently and to express original ideas.
- Evaluates each student’s progress in meeting the course standards for English skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
- Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to provide an orderly, productive classroom environment.
- Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops in order to maintain and improve professional competence.
- Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
- Attend staff meetings, and serve on committees as required.
- Administer standardized ability and achievement tests, and interpret results to determine student strengths and areas of need.
- Perform administrative duties such as assisting in hall duty, cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
- Other duties as requested.
- Intermittent standing and sitting 6-7 hours daily
- Escorting students to and from various classroom settings, which requires climbing stairs
- Accompany students on playground and field trips, which may require elevated physical activity and/or riding a bus
Teachers work in climate-controlled, indoor environments, however, there are several circumstances in which a teacher might work outdoors or outside of the school grounds. Field trips require teachers to supervise students on buses, in addition to the trip destination.
- Ability to work on a desktop personal computer or laptop, as required, for the purpose of recording grades, creating lesson plans and communicating with colleagues, supervisors and parents.
- Knowledge of computers, mobile/tablet devices, gaming consoles and their applications, as they pertain to students and their daily use, for the purpose of coordinating those devices with instructional learning.
- Ability to communicate effectively and respectably, both verbally and non-verbally
- Ability to develop trusting relationships with students, parents, colleagues and supervisors
- Proof of US Citizenship or legal resident alien status
- Evidence that a criminal history check has been conducted and clearance has been given by the Department of Education
- Evidence that health is adequate to fulfill the job functions and responsibilities, with reasonable accommodations
- Pass the state required Mantoux Intradermal Tuberculin Test
Nothing in this job description restricts administrations right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
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