Job Overview

  • Experience Level Mid-Level
  • Total Years Experience 3-5
  • Education Certification

Position Summary

Exploration’s Science Teacher demonstrates a strong understanding of STEM education and communicates subject matter to students, aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. This role focuses on at-risk populations underrepresented in STEM careers, to engage them in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content. The goal is to have these students participate in challenging “hands-on, minds-on” activities in a fun and engaging way.

 

Essential Functions

  • Use the state standards to create rigorous, objective-driven, multi-disciplinary lessons aligned with curriculum maps
  • Identify in each lesson what thinking skills will be explicitly taught and practiced; what physical, social, or content skills students will be able to do and how students will know if they can do it
  • Differentiate for individual students based on their unique learning needs so all students are appropriately engaged and challenged
  • Ensure students are engaged through activities and technology that accommodate various learning styles, personality styles, and the need for physical movement.
  • Provide a safe classroom environment that tolerates error and change
  • Create engaging lessons that encourage student participation in scientific thinking and practice to solve real-world problems
  • Utilize formative and summative assessments used to maximize teacher decision making and student growth opportunities
  • Explicitly introduce learning objectives to activate students’ prior knowledge as it relates to the objectives and conclude the lesson by revisiting the learning objective and having students apply it in context
  • Provide many and varied opportunities for students to achieve mastery while working to promote achievement by all students without exception
  • Develop standards-aligned, measurable, ambitious big goals that will increase student opportunities for achievement; assess and track performance against these goals
  • Provide ongoing and timely feedback to students on their progress towards meeting big goals by frequently checking for understanding and listening
  • Use data to reflect on effectiveness of lessons and student achievement progress to improve instruction and personal practice
  • Create a focused environment of fairness and respect that encourages students to take risks and strive to reach goals
  • Communicate and enforce high expectations and standards for behavior and academic performance to create a strong culture of achievement and respect
  • Establish, model, practice, and reinforce age appropriate rules and logical consequences; create and consistently use individual behavioral management plans, as needed
  • Implement classroom procedures, systems, and routines that provide structure for students and maximize instructional time
  • Communicate respectfully and thoughtfully with parent/guardians remaining sensitive to different families’ cultures, values and needs
  • Initiate and maintain timely communication with all parents/guardians (through daily/weekly correspondence, notes home, weekly newsletters, phone calls, in-person meetings, conferences, report cards) concerning student progress and to provide a clear picture of the curriculum and high expectations
  • Work collaboratively with parents/guardians, families, and other members of the community to involve them in academic activities and to support the success of a diverse student population and to bring in volunteers and additional resources
  • Collaborate with colleagues (grade level and school-wide meetings, professional development days, the professional development institute) to continuously improve personal practice, classroom instruction, assessment, and student achievement, as well as the overall goals and mission of the school and the network
  • Access meaningful learning experiences (current theory, research, and developments in relevant academic disciplines, professional development opportunities, and ideas from colleagues and supervisors) and exercises judgment in accepting findings as valid for application in classroom practice and teacher improvement
  • Reflect critically upon teaching experience; identify areas for further professional development as part of a professional development plan that is linked to grade level, school, and network goals; access meaningful learning experiences; and listen thoughtfully to other viewpoints and respond constructively to suggestions and constructive feedback
  • Attends quarterly family nights and parent teacher conferences as scheduled
  • Regularly use Gsuite for calendaring, email communication, and accessing important documents
  • Fulfills other duties as assigned by