The classroom teacher is responsible for creating a positive learning environment where students develop the skills to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, lifelong learners and productive citizens, Teachers maintain a safe environment; establish rapport with students, parents and colleagues; motivate students to develop attitudes and knowledge that will help them reach their potential and be prepared for higher levels of education and career readiness. Teachers differentiate curriculum and use effective research-based methods of instruction according to District and State Core Standards.
The incumbent is responsible to follow all policies and guidelines as detailed by District policy.
The classroom teacher is responsible to:
- Follow Utah Effective Teaching Standards.
- Fully participate in Professional Learning Communities.
- Teach the core content area(s) outlined in the USOE's Core Curriculum, and adopted by the Board of Education, correlated with other approved learning activities.
- Instruct students in citizenship.
- Meet regular and predictable attendance requirements.
- Develop lesson plans and instructional materials that provide differentiated instruction that meets the needs of all students with particular emphasis on:
- Improvement of instruction and learning with increased accountability for results
- The learner and best practices associated with the learning process
- New developments in subject, subject fields, and in specific subject competency
- Annual test data.
- Translate lesson plans into learning experiences to best utilize the available time for instruction.
- Establish and maintain standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.
- Evaluate student academic growth and proficiency including formative and summative assessments, maintain appropriate records, and prepare progress reports. Communicate with parents through conferences, telephone calls, e-mails, student planners, school website and other means to discuss the student's progress.
- Identify student needs and cooperate with other professional staff members in helping students solve health, academic, social and psychological challenges.
- Create a clean and organized environment that is conducive to student learning.
- Integrate technology to support student learning.
- Provide and maintain a safe and supportive environment in the classroom and on the school campus.
- Maintain professional competence through in-service education activities required by the school District and State as well as self-selected professional growth activities.
- Demonstrate professional ethics as outlined by the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission.
- Represent Jordan School District in a professional, ethical and positive manner.
- Attend and participate in faculty meetings as required.
- Administer appropriate student attendance policies and procedures.
- Participate in appropriate educator evaluation procedures as per State and District guidelines in accordance with DP311 — Evaluation for Licensed Personnel.
- Participate in faculty committees and the sponsorship of student activities as requested.
- Follow District procurement guidelines with administrative approval.
- Administer group standardized tests in accordance with State and District testing procedures.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the principal.
- Requires a cleared criminal background check.
Minimum Job Qualifications:
- Requires a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.
- Requires a valid Professional Educator License for the State of Utah within the relevant "License Area of Concentration" and, if applicable, "Endorsement". Requires No Child Let Behind Highly Qualified Status for NCLB teaching assignments.
- Requires strong oral and written communication skills with students, parents, and staff.
- Requires strong computer and educational technology skills.
- Requires effective problem solving, organizational, multi-tasking, and time management skills.
- Requires the ability to implement effective teaching strategies.
- Requires the ability to establish and maintain a positive learning environment.
- Requires the ability to calmly handle classroom management issues.
- Requires the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, school staff, District staff, and patrons.
- Requires the ability to work as a member of a team as well as the ability to work independently.
- Knowledge of State Core Curriculum and Board of Education adopted guidelines.
Machines. Tools & Equipment Used:
- Standard office equipment, educational technology, computers, standard machines used in teacher work room.
Physical Requirements — Not limited to the following:
- While performing the duties of this job, the teacher is regularly required to speak and/or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The teacher is occasionally required to use hands to handle or feel and may be required to climb or balance.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.