Reports To: Director of Special Education Services Evaluated By: Director of Special Education ServicesClassification: Certificated Salary: Placement of the Teacher Salary Schedule DEFINITION Position is responsible for instructing physically restricted/mentally challenged students in a program of adaptive physical education. Position positively motivates the student to develop appropriate skills, attitudes, and knowledge; utilizes a variety of instructional techniques appropriate to students’ abilities; and creates a safe and orderly learning environment. EXAMPLE OF DUTIES 1. Instructs students in adaptive physical education 2. Enables students to develop an appreciation of the importance of physical education. 3. Develops lessons appropriate to the needs and abilities of each assigned student. 4. Provides individual/small group instruction that meets desired goals and provides the best use of available class time. 5. Assists students with developing healthy lifestyle behaviors and social skills. 6. Identifies student needs & cooperates with other staff members in helping students solve health, attitude, & learning problems. 7. Uses a variety of instructional techniques appropriate for the ages and skill level of students. 8. Interprets the abilities and disabilities of students and works cooperatively with classroom teachers who have physically restricted/mentally challenged students in regular classes. 9. Establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior and creates a safe, orderly, and effective environment for learning. 10. Evaluates student performance and social growth and prepares regular progress reports. 11. Conferences regularly with parents/guardians regarding behavior observations and the performance of students. 12. Assists with screening, evaluating, and recommending placements of students in the school’s adaptive physical ed. program. 13. Maintains thorough records for each student.14. Selects, requisitions, and maintains instructional materials and aids. Experience: One year of previous experience as an Adaptive PE teacher desirable Education: Must hold current and valid California Teaching Credential authorizing service as an Adaptive Physical Education instructor. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of: Child Development Knowledge of learning and interpersonal behaviors of children with exceptional needs. Curriculum, materials and strategies for educating students with severe disabling conditions Ability to: Communicate orally and in writing with staff, parents and community Understand and relate to children with special needs Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others Maintain records, complete and verify data and prepare reports Maintain current knowledge of program rules, regulations, requirements and restrictions Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action Work independently with little direction Meet schedules and timelines Work cooperatively with support services including instructional aides, physical and occupational therapist, speech therapist, special education teacher, general education teacher, psychologist and school nurse PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Must have the ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time; exhibit manual dexterity to dial a telephone, to enter data into a computer; to see and read a computer screen and printed material with or without vision aids; hear and understand speech at normal classroom levels, outdoors and on the telephone; speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly in normal classrooms, outdoors and on the telephone; physical agility to lift up to 25 pounds to shoulder height and 50 pounds to waist height; and to bend, stoop, climb stairs, walk and reach overhead. WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Duties are normally performed in a school/classroom environment. Duties may be occasionally performed on field trips away from school. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.