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Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

Instruct preschool-aged students, following curricula or lesson plans, in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth.

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    Work Activities

    • Teach basic skills, such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
    • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order.
    • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
    • Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
    • Serve meals and snacks in accordance with nutritional guidelines.
    • Attend to children's basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, and changing their diapers.
    • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and needs, determine their priorities for their children, and suggest ways that they can promote learning and development.
    • Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, storytelling, and field trips.
    • Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.
    • Observe and evaluate children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
    • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
    • Assimilate arriving children to the school environment by greeting them, helping them remove outerwear, and selecting activities of interest to them.
    • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
    • Read books to entire classes or to small groups.
    • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to children.
    • Arrange indoor and outdoor space to facilitate creative play, motor-skill activities, and safety.
    • Teach proper eating habits and personal hygiene.
    • Demonstrate activities to children.
    • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
    • Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.
    • Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
    • Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
    • Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
    • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
    • Organize and label materials and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their ages and perceptual skills.
    • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
    • Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of preschool programs.
    • Perform administrative duties, such as hall and cafeteria monitoring and bus loading and unloading.
    • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guests, or other experiential activities and guide students in learning from those activities.
    • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
    • Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
    • Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.
    • Administer tests to help determine children's developmental levels, needs, and potential.
    • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.

    Skills

    • Instructing

      Teaching others how to do something.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Speech Clarity

      The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

    Knowledge

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 28470/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 13.69/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 15,840
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,750

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Dependability
    • Concern for Others
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Sand or water tables or activity centers
    • Cognitive toys
    • Building blocks
    • Board games
    • Balance or gross motor equipment

    Technology

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    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer based training software

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