In this full-time 5th grade head teaching position, you serve as part of a talented and caring team of experts (e.g., supervisor, counselor, co-teacher, math and science specialists). This team provides support and insights as you provide well-paced, inquiry-based instruction that promotes thinking, learning, and problem solving.
Specific responsibilities include: - Creating a warm and supportive environment that fosters confidence, risk-taking, and respect for all - Providing explicit instruction of thinking and learning strategies within an inquiry-based model - Integrating technology throughout teaching and learning - Assessing students’ strengths and challenges and scaffolding instruction accordingly - Establishing routines, maintaining consistent expectations, and employing effective management techniques - Providing clear and timely communication with students, parents, and other staff members in a positive, professional manner - Demonstrating an openness to learning, growth, and change in accordance with the educational philosophy of Benchmark School - Actively pursuing professional growth and development through professional reading and participation in professional development activities at Benchmark School and in the area - Participating in periodic evening or weekend activities, including meetings, professional development activities, and school events - In cooperation with a supervisor, training a co-teacher or support teacher to plan instruction, write reports, or hold parent conferences
Qualifications: -Advanced degree in Reading and Language Arts preferred -Minimum of three years’ experience teaching preferred -Pennsylvania Public School certification or Private Academic School certification required -Knowledge of instructional practices appropriate for elementary-aged students -Ability to work well with a team -Effective communicator, both verbally and in writing, with colleagues and parents -Enthusiastic interest in teaching, motivating, and supporting students -A role model for students
About Benchmark School
Founded in 1970, Benchmark School is an internationally recognized independent, co-educational day school for bright children in grades 1-8 who learn differently or have yet to reach their full academic potential. It is located on a 23-acre wooded campus in Media, PA, about 13 miles west of Philadelphia. Benchmark’s mission is to help our students develop into confident and strategic thinkers, learners, and problem-solvers who take control of their own learning. One of the defining characteristics of the school is its commitment to excellence and research-based innovation. As a result of this focus, our students meet with success in school and life. For more information about the school visit Benchmark’s website at www.BenchmarkSchool.org