The Middle School Science Teacher is a core area teacher who is responsible for teaching science curriculum to middle school students (grades 5 & 6). Curriculum elements include specific focus in the Life Sciences, Earth & Space Science, and Robotics. Science classes meet every day for 50 minutes.
Plan and execute innovative, hands-on science lessons for gifted students including preparation and implementation of weekly lessons, class setup and clean-up, gathering of supplemental materials, etc.
Organize and maintain science journals.
Plan and coordinate curriculum-related field trips (6th grade trip to Seacamp) or guest speakers when appropriate.
Develop, update and document science curriculum as needed.
Order and purchase supplies as needed as well as keeping inventory of storage cabinets.
Maintain communication with parents (website, weekly explanations of lessons, notes with projects, etc.).
Lead a middle school advisory group.
Teach an elective.
Maintain communication with parents, faculty, staff and students.
Provide trimester report cards.
Participate in end of year summative review with Division Head.
Attend faculty, staff, and division meetings.
Attend workshops and other professional development opportunities to continue to grow professionally in the areas of gifted and science education.
Other duties as assigned by the Head of Middle School.
Qualifications & Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Certification in Science Education preferred
An understanding of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, and Engineering, Technology & Application of Science
Familiarity with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Understanding by Design curricular framework
Ability to organize and implement labs safely
Ability to facilitate methods of looking at and talking about scientists and their work
Strong critical thinking skills
Demonstrated lead teaching experience
Understanding of and ability to differentiate curriculum, especially for young gifted students
Knowledge of the academic and emotional needs of gifted students is highly preferred
Capability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with Sycamore community
Sycamore School exists so that academically gifted children can experience the enriched, accelerated education they need to reach their potential and to lead responsible, constructive, fulfilling lives.