Responsible for maintaining up-to-date teaching techniques to provide middle school science students with a quality educational experience in an earth science class. This includes the development of and execution of middle school science curricula that focus on inquiry-based experiences, multiple levels of material engagement, and the use of scientific tools and technology. There is an emphasis on hands-on work that includes data collection, results communication and conceptual synthesis, and individual student projects with an aim to explore the earth sciences.
Science teachers report to their respective Principals and to the Science Department Chair. The Science Department is responsible for the education of students in grades 3 - 12.
Responsible for maintaining up-to-date teaching techniques to provide middle school science students with a quality educational experience in an earth science class. This includes the development of and execution of middle school science curricula that focus on inquiry-based experiences, multiple levels of material engagement, and the use of scientific tools and technology.
Teachers are expected to work collaboratively with other teachers in the Science Department to ensure that curricula are developmentally appropriate and work synergistically with the science department’s scope and sequence.
The science teacher is also expected to work in collaboration with their own faculty and interact productively with colleagues outside their faculty, other professionals, staff and administrators, and parents.
All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are expected to work the required days as stipulated in that agreement.
The work year is 179 days (or as stipulated in the Faculty Association contract). The anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2021.
Bachelor's degree in a field of science or related.
Earth/Geo science degree and/or advanced degree in a field of science preferred.
At least three years of experience teaching science, preferably at the middle school level.
Comfort level teaching middle school science.
Experience in teaching earth science with a “systems approach” preferred.
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