Reporting to the PS Principal and PS Assistant Principals , the PS Physical Education Teacher is responsible for creating a classroom environment that fosters, promotes and develops an understanding of the relationship of healthy body function and exercise; that motivates each student to cultivate physical fitness, and appropriate social and emotional adjustment; that discovers and develops talents of students in physical achievement; and that develops strength, skill, agility, poise, and coordination in individual, dual and team physical activities and sports, in accordance with each student’s ability.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Primary School Physical Education Teacher’s key responsibilities are outlined below. The Principal and/or Assistant Principal may assign additional duties in support of School objectives.
Plan and implement clear, well-thought-out lesson plans and curriculum that reflect a balanced physical education program connected to real-world context.
Analyze, demonstrate, and explain knowledge, skills, and strategies of formal sports, games, rhythms, and fundamentals of body movement.
Create an established set of expectations for thinking, learning, and purposefully engaging in the discipline.
Create and promote a learning environment that is inclusive; inspire learning, collaboration and reflection; foster student independence.
Focus students’ attention on big-picture issues, important ideas in the world, and making meaningful connections within and beyond the discipline.
Use a variety of instructional and assessment methods to meet the needs of all learners and provide varied forms of feedback.
Execute distance education when directed and needed to include alternative teaching and learning delivery methods: develop online courses reflecting best practices, provide student support to include alternative assignments and assessments, collaborate with colleagues, supervisors, and students online to build a connected and positive learning environment.
Use technology purposefully in the classroom to enhance learning.
Highlight students’ successes and areas of growth through assessment.
Communicate in a timely, clear, and effective manner with students, parents, and colleagues, including during Back to School Night and celebrations of learning.
Actively seek opportunities for professional growth.
Represent WIS in a manner that reflects the Mission and the Core Beliefs of Learning.
Work with management and staff in a constructive, collaborative, and cooperative manner.
Monitor the academic, personal, emotional, and social progress of students.
Ensure the safety of students, following supervision standards and guidelines in common areas.
Use digital platforms (e.g. Seesaw, onCampus) to provide feedback and information to parents and students; complete progress reports and report cards in alignment with school requirements.
Implement support strategies with the Student Support Team (SST) and communicate with parents regarding support.
Supervise students in transitions throughout the day, e.g. arrival, recess, lunch, specials classes, dismissal.
Fulfill administrative tasks, such as timely completion and correction of attendance.
Work with Admissions to support appropriate acceptance and placement of students
Keep accurate and reliable materials in designated substitute folder.
Engage with students, colleagues, and parents to foster a sense of community.
Previous teaching experience is preferable, but not required
Experience with the IB PYP is preferable, but not required
Passion for WIS’s mission
Strong communication skills, a sense of humor, humility, and empathy
Commitment to diversity and inclusion
Previous experience at an international school and/or cultural fluency derived from international experience is a plus
Working in a school and classroom setting with young children. Outside at times.
Duties are performed in a school and classroom environment or outside. Duties may be occasionally performed on field trips away from school. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
About Washington International School
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s challenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Preschool through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS gra...duates attend highly selective colleges and universities in both the United States (about two-thirds in a typical year) and abroad.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is a core principle, with Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French or Spanish. Chinese is an option beginning in Grade 6. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma, demonstrating fluency in two languages.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.