Middle school mathematics teachers should demonstrate the qualities expected of the general Junior Academy teacher in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, classroom management, professional responsibilities, professional relationships, family involvement, and school community. In addition, mathematics teachers should:
 understand the strands, processes, and vocabulary of mathematics
 understand math content through seniorlevel math courses
 keep current with trends, pedagogy, issues, and topics of importance in mathematics education
 have sufficient content knowledge to be comfortable with openended math content in which students are actively learning math through exploration and problem solving
 possess a background in teaching a handson math program or demonstrate an interest in and understanding of such a program
 be comfortable in studentdirected classrooms in which students are working together, conversing, using materials, and participating in exploration centers
 demonstrate the ability to develop a math concept with manipulatives
 demonstrate the ability to develop a math strand through several units
 be willing to participate in mathematics professional development sessions in order to raise the level of mathematics instruction
 have experience or interest in integrating technology tools into the math curriculum and in modeling effective use of the computer in math instruction
 administer state, local, and EdisonLearning benchmark assessments
 monitor student progress through regular classroom assessment


