The Independent Day School in Middlefield, CT is seeking experienced lower school teachers for 3rd Grade and for 5th Grade. The classroom teacher at IDS is responsible for the academic and social-emotional program for the grade. The successful candidate will challenge and inspire students to be fearless learners, and will be part of a close-knit teaching and learning community. A high degree of teamwork, collaboration, and communication are a must; a sense of humor is appreciated. IDS values highly initiative, creativity, and flexibility.
Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Promote a positive classroom environment and demonstrate strong classroom management skills in order to create and maintain a learning environment that ensures high levels of learning for all students.
Effectively plan and implement quality instruction that encourages students to be actively engaged in the learning process. Subjects taught include reading, writing, language arts, math, social studies, and integrated technology. Thematic units are central to the Lower School curriculum.
Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of a wide variety of students with different learning styles as well as different areas of strength and weakness. Incorporate individualized instructional accommodations as directed.
Collaborate, coordinate, and communicate with students, parents, colleagues, and administrators to ensure the highest level of learning for all students.
Utilize assessment and evaluations to guide instructional decisions; maintain accurate, up-to-date records and communicate results to students, parents, and appropriate others in a timely manner with regard to student progress and performance.
Communicate the progress and growth of a student in narrative form, using language that is clear and thoughtful, and follows common grammatical expectations.
Work diligently and promptly to maintain positive and productive home-school communication and strong working relationships with parents.
Perform professional duties efficiently, manage resources effectively, and meet deadlines set by the school. Coordinate and direct the work of teaching assistants and Learning Center personnel as needed.
Participate in and support the school’s admissions, development, and community events and fulfill expectations for participation in school activities beyond the classroom.
Invest in one’s own professional learning and demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement of teaching practice.
Participate as an active, engaged member of the whole school community, reaching across classroom and divisional boundaries to create an enriching, exceptional, synchronized school experience for IDS students.
Perform other duties as assigned. These duties include, but are not limited to, recess duty, lunch duty, dismissal duty, weekend and evening events, chaperone duty, schoolwide events, etc.
Please submit a letter of interest that addresses your capacity to fulfill the duties and responsibilities as listed, a resume, a statement of your teaching philosophy, and a list of three professional references by Friday, May 26, 2017.
A minimum of 3 years of successful teaching experience in the grades 2 – 5
Independent school experience preferred
Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills
Proficiency with classroom technology
Ability to work as a team member
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package includes health, dental, HSA, 403b.
Founded in 1961, The Independent Day School (IDS) is a coeducational, nonsectarian elementary and middle school for students age three (Beginners) through the eighth grade. IDS offers a rigorous curriculum in a warm and supportive community. We encourage the intellectual, social, emotional and physical potential of each of our students. Emphasis is placed on guiding young people towards the master...y of fundamental academic skills that encourage active and creative minds. Our goal is that graduates become enthusiastic, self-motivated and diligent lifelong learners. To that end, this year we have updated our Mission Statement: “By knowing students deeply both as learners and individuals, IDS inspires a community of independent thinkers who are resilient and confident to take risks as they connect with others in the joyful pursuit of learning.”