The key responsibility of teachers employed by the Division is to provide instruction which is consistent with the Alberta Program of Studies. Teachers must also become involved in a number of non-instructional activities to create an environment in which this instruction can occur effectively. The Division has a number of expectations for teachers.
In terms of the following dimensions, teachers are to:
- Teaching Perspective
- Understand and accept the Division's mission statement and goals as a guide to all decisions and actions within the Division;
- Support the Division's activities to improve the quality of education for children, recognizing the need for teacher involvement through established and appropriate channels to set these directions;
- Be positive and enthusiastic in their professional dealings with students, parents, colleagues, and other members of the community;
- Enjoy working in an environment populated by children;
- Be oriented toward continued professional growth;
- Be willing to ask for assistance and information as required;
- Be aware of an act in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct of the Teacher and Teacher leaders; and
- Engage in thoughtful self-evaluation to identify ways in which their teaching can be made more effective.
- Classroom Planning
- Be knowledgeable of the curriculum of the Province of Alberta, particularly in the subjects to be taught and its explicit and implicit standards;
- Know what students are to learn and plan to ensure this learning can occur;
- Be knowledgeable of the curriculum for Alberta schools, particularly in those areas in which they are currently teaching;
- Plan for instruction by developing, in writing and in a timely fashion, daily, unit and yearly plans; and
- Be aware of and implement prescribed changes in the provincial curriculum.
- Classroom Teaching
- Create a classroom environment which is conducive to learning;
- Exhibit and exercise effective classroom management skills;
- Provide for instruction that maximizes learning by all children;
- Diagnose on an on-going basis the instructional requirements of all children; and
- Provide instruction that is consistent with the requirements of the curriculum of the Province of Alberta.
- Classroom Assessment
- Keep records of student achievement that enables the teacher to provide an accurate description of student progress to parents and colleagues; and
- Provide for on-going assessment and regular reporting of student progress.
- Community Relations
- Recognize that by its unique nature their profession places them in the position of being role models for children, both in the classroom and within the community;
- Communicate effectively with parents and solicit the cooperation of parents to maximize the benefit of education for children; and
- Dress in a manner appropriate to the nature of their teaching assignments.
- Non-Classroom Contributions
- Participate in the development of their school's Education Plan;
- Contribute regularly to the school's extracurricular programs;
- Carry out all duties as assigned by the Principal; and
- Participate in and contribute to community activities. (Not to be considered within the context of teacher evaluations.)