Under direct supervision, the purpose of the position is to provide staff support in an educational environment, with an emphasis on providing instructional support in the physical education classes. Employees in this classification are responsible for implementing the lesson plans of the physical education teacher. Employees work with several different large groups of children conducting lessons throughout the entire school day, customarily outdoors, and are held responsible for the safety and discipline of the students. Essential functions as outlined herein are performed according to the needs of the assigned teacher(s). Performs related work as directed.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Responds to internal and external customers in a timely, accurate, courteous and empathetic manner representing OCPS in a positive light.
Conducts lessons prepared by the teacher outside on the physical education field to classes of students (minimum of 20 students) through the use of planned activities and games.
Assists the teacher in preparing for the day's physical education classes by setting up equipment, setting boundaries of playing fields, resets for the next set of classes and ensures all equipment is stored properly for the next use.
Assists in the preparation of lesson plans and teachers’ pre-planning sessions; provides input and assistance in the development of classroom activities and learning tools.
Maintains class order and discipline by managing student behavior; reinforces rules of the school and the physical education class; places students in time out and/or refers students to the principal’s office.
Evaluates students’ performance through the use of objective measurement and makes recommendations to the physical education teacher.
Designs the physical education department’s bulletin boards, displays of student’s activities and other department objectives.
Prepares or assists in the preparation of instructional materials; performs support tasks such as copying materials, laminating items, typing correspondence, and filing paperwork and documentation.
Records the attendance of students on a daily basis.
Coordinates with media center staff and/or the curriculum resource teacher for supplemental instructional materials, i.e. movies, books, relative to physical fitness, physical education and related subjects as needed.
May be assigned monitoring duties, i.e. hallways, car and bus duty; ensures appropriate student conduct during these periods.
Maintains accurate and complete records of a variety of student information which may require the use of a computer terminal to enter student scores and other student data.
Responsible for keeping up to date on current technology, as job appropriate, being used by OCPS. With the support of the district, attends training to ensure skill level in various technologies is at the level required to perform in current position.
Responsible for timely and accurate information they maintain as part of their job responsibilities.
The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.
While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.
Performs related duties as directed.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Associate’s degree or higher; or at least sixty (60) semester hours from an accredited institution of higher education (official transcripts required to validate education)*; with a minimum of one (1) year physical education or related experience; ability to fulfill the dexterity and physical requirements of the work, and effectively attend to the needs and safety concerns of school age children; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Previous athletic or sports related experience preferred.
All applicants for this position must be highly qualified prior to the start of their employment with Orange County Public Schools. The district will no longer permit non-certified ed paraprofessional, certified, job applicants to obtain highly-qualified status by attending the Educational Paraprofessional Academy. Passing a third-party provided paraprofessional certification exam (e.g., ParaPro Assessment) can substitute for the educational requirement. For information about the ParaPro Assessment visit www.ets.org/parapro.
Data Utilization: Requires the ability to compile, assemble, copy, record and/or transcribe data and/or information according to a prescribed scheme or plan. Includes judging whether readily observable functional, structural or compositional characteristics are similar to or divergent from prescribed standards, procedures or routines.
Human Interaction: Requires the ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others on how to apply procedures and standards to specific situations.
Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to use, operate, and/or handle and transport physical education equipment such as gymnastics equipment, exercise mats, portable basketball goals, balance beams, vaults, etc.
Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive data and information.
Mathematical Aptitude: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagrammatic form. Involves semi-routine standardized work with some latitude for independent judgment concerning choices of action.
Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving a variety of generally pre-defined duties, which are often characterized by frequent change.
Physical Ability: Tasks involve the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight.
Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require oral communications ability. Some tasks require visual discrimination and perception and the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds.
Environmental Factors: Tasks are regularly performed with moderate exposure to environmental conditions such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, and temperature and noise extremes.
The Orange County School District will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.