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Learn about the most important abilities for Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education. Also, find out how proficient you have to be in each ability.

Importance*More Info
1.Oral Expression88
2.Oral Comprehension84
3.Speech Clarity78
Speech Recognition78
5.Problem Sensitivity75
Written Comprehension75
7.Deductive Reasoning72
Fluency of Ideas72
Written Expression72
10.Information Ordering69
* Importance out of 100

Score Key
  Importance for success in this profession
  Level of proficiency needed

Ability Area Scores

Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
88
61
Cancel newspaper delivery by phoneGive instructions to a lost motoristExplain advanced principles of genetics to college freshmen
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
84
59
Understand a television commercialUnderstand a coach's oral instructions for a sportUnderstand a lecture on advanced physics
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
78
55
Call numbers in a bingo gameMake announcements over the loudspeaker at a sports eventGive a lecture to a large audience
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
78
55
Recognize the voice of a coworkerIdentify a former customer's voice over the telephoneUnderstand a speech presented by someone with a strange accent
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
75
55
Recognize that an unplugged lamp won't workRecognize from the mood of prisoners that a prison riot is likely to occurRecognize an illness at an early stage of a disease when there are only a few symptoms
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
75
57
Understand signs on the highwayUnderstand an apartment leaseUnderstand an instruction book on repairing missile guidance systems
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
72
55
Know that a stalled car can coast downhillDecide what factors to consider in selecting stocksDesign an aircraft wing using principles of aerodynamics
Fluency of Ideas
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
72
50
Name four different uses for a screwdriverThink of as many ideas as possible for the name of a new companyName all the possible strategies for a military battle
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
72
57
Write a note to remind someone to take food out of the freezerWrite a job recommendation for a subordinateWrite an advanced economics textbook
Information Ordering
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
69
48
Put things in numerical orderFollow the correct steps to make changeAssemble a nuclear warhead