Position Purpose: Develop lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives. Facilitate learning by establishing a relationship with pupils through learning resources and the classroom environment. Develop and foster the appropriate skills and social abilities to enable the optimum development of children, according to age, ability, and aptitude. Integrate technology as an essential and regular component of student learning experiences.
Essential Functions • Teaches reading and writing to students in grades 5-8. • Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicates those objectives to students. • Instructs students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods such as lectures and discussions. • Evaluates and grades students’ class work, assignments, and papers. • Creates an inclusive classroom community and personally demonstrates cultural competency. • Plans and organizes resources for lessons, as appropriate to the pupil. • Adapts teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students’ varying needs and interests. • Confers with other staff members to plan lessons promoting learning; follows approved curricula. • Confers with parents or guardians, teachers, counselors, and administrators in order to resolve students’ behavioral and academic problems. • Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students. • Encourages students to explore learning opportunities. • Meets with parents or guardians to discuss their child’s progress and to determine their priorities and needs. • Advises nine to fourteen students, provides academic and emotional support, and communicates regularly with parents and guardians of advisees. • Participates in weekly community and school service programs and weekly activities program. • Writes academic comments twice per year for all students and once for each advisee. • Participates in the coordination of multi-night overnight field trips and chaperones overnight field trips up to one week in length as part of the Outdoor Education program. • Attends weekly grade-level team meetings, faculty meetings, open houses, conferences, and events as required. • Performs additional faculty duties as assigned, such as substitute teaching and recess monitoring as required.
Qualifications • Degree in English, literacy, elementary education, special education, or reading; a master’s degree or working towards a master’s degree preferred. • A minimum of 1–2 years of middle school English teaching required; 4 or more years of experience preferred. • Experience with direct reading instruction or reading specialist preferred. • Enthusiasm for and comfort using technology in and out of the classroom. • A clear interest in, knowledge of, and ability to work with middle school students. • Self-confidence with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively. • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously under “deadline” situations. • Ability to apply common-sense understanding and to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form. • Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members with a continuous focus on healthy relationship building. • Demonstrated deep understanding of cultural competency skills and enthusiasm for issues of diversity, inclusivity, and multiculturalism. • Ability to ascertain which people may need immediate assistance and to act accordingly. • Fluent with the classroom use of technology. • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment • Essential functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for activities such as sitting, standing, walking, kneeling, crouching, stooping, squatting, and lifting an average of 30 lbs. • Regularly use close and distance vision. • Turn, reach, and occasionally climb. • Work in a traditional climate-controlled environment.
Application Procedure: Interested candidates, please email a cover letter, resume, statement of philosophy of education, and contact information for three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the references must be from a current or previous supervisor. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer