Who we are looking for: Do you want to change the world of education, starting from your own progressive classroom and working outwards? You are looking in the right place! Discovery is looking for a teacher with a strong passion for learning, a growth mindset, and a commitment to innovation. In our middle school program, we emphasize student agency and provide our students with dedicated time to learn how to propose, manage, and fulfill their own projects, while also providing instruction time for fundamentals all of our learners need. Discovery teachers are passionate lifelong learners who support and enrich each other as professionals and learners. Have you always thought that education should be giving students much more? Join us and be part of this movement!
Job Description: Discovery seeks a dynamic, creative, and dedicated lifelong-learner professional to lead dynamic learning experiences with middle school students. The middle school lead teacher should have a deep love of and respect for our learners, and must understand the specific profile of a young adolescent, and can leverage this knowledge towards encouraging them to take their own initiative and appreciate the responsibility that comes with increased autonomy. The lead teacher should be comfortable with iteratively differentiating instruction strategies (sometimes on the fly during a class discussion), allowing for conceptual learning which may be years ahead of what schools generally consider ‘grade level’ learning. In addition, the lead teacher will have a nuanced appreciation of social-emotional development during adolescence, and should be comfortable guiding students through this development with equal poise as with their academic development.
The Middle Years Lead Teacher believes that Discovery School MYP graduates are:
Explorers pursuing their passions
Spirited and reflective risk-takers
Resourceful and persevering innovators
Leaders who inspire others to discover and act on what is possible
Responsible, courageous world citizens
As a Middle Years Lead Teacher at The Discovery School, you will be expected to:
Work with multi-disciplinary team of educators to create aligned interdisciplinary learning sessions that allow for students to reflect on how different subjects connect to one another.
Provide coaching and instruction to students by leading learning experiences and assessing student work across subjects.
Be able to work as a facilitator and coach to help students through the project process and maximize opportunities for student reflection, journaling, and sharing of the artifacts of learning with our community.
Collaboratively work with teachers and students to individualize student learning goals and assist in the tracking and documentation of learning along those goals.
Differentiate instruction / coaching methods according to student needs, interests, and ability levels.
Be or Train to be a certified IB MYP teacher, and dedicate time to building units of inquiry as per IB/Discovery guidelines.
Be responsible and reflective about proactively including STEM learning and show an ever-present mindfulness for when technology tools enhance learning, and when they can inhibit it.
Collaborate and share ideas with other teachers in a weekly workshop collaboration session; work as a community to utilize each person’s knowledge across the whole school, to serve students as a whole community, and to continuously improve as a school and as professionals.
Apply a blend of learning pedagogy, including teaching for understanding, multi age, spiral curricula, Montessori, thematic and interdisciplinary, experiential, STEAM oriented, and fully leveraging technology with laptops in every classroom (for when work requires laptops).
Embrace parent partnership: communicate openly, proactively, honestly, compassionately, and regularly. Share teaching philosophy and pedagogical beliefs proactively with parents, building buy-in and support.
The successful candidate will have philosophical alignment with our core values and learning approach.
Bachelor degree, Masters degree a bonus but not required
At least 3 years of teaching experience in a Middle School setting
Fearlessness in teaching mathematics through algebra and geometry, with enthusiasm for ‘finding’ math opportunities in different subjects and discussions.
Experience with progressive learning approaches and a goal for learning-orientation (instead of a focus on core knowledge acquisition) is highly preferred.
Comfortable with integration of technology as a contextual tool enabling learning
Experience with (or willingness to learn and leverage) the AltSchool software platform.
Deep capability to engage in differentiated instruction strategies for reading and writing
Able to make connections across disciplines, respond to students' ideas and inquiry by adapting their lesson plans, and ability to coach into where students are to provide the right scaffold and instruction for each student
Exceptionally strong spoken and written communication and interpersonal skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills to engage in a collaborative community.
Strong english language & literature skills, for planning learning sessions, scaffolding reading / writing related work, and providing evaluation of works to students.
Adept at communicating Discovery’s story to various constituencies.
Is committed to Discovery’s Characteristics of Professional Excellence ?
Please submit cover letter and resume, a document outlining your personal statement of educational philosophy and highlighting learning experiences you’ve run with students in the past.
About The Discovery School
The Discovery School, entering its 30th year of operation in 2020, is a private, not-for-profit K-8 Independent School located in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Through a progressive framework combining principles from Montessori and International Baccalaureate, we aim to provide creative, open-ended learning spaces where our internationally-minded, inquisitive, and principled inquirers are encouraged to discover, nurture, and achieve their own goals on their way to becoming the leaders of tomorrow. Multi-age classes and a low student to teacher ratio allow children to fully experience our academically challenging learning environment in a personalized way.
Differentiation occurs for students at every level, giving children the freedom to move ahead in areas they have mastered and allowing for extra work in areas of emerging mastery. Our students of all ages participate in foreign languages, STEaM, music and our Youth Philanthropy Program. We strive to ensure that each child's culture, language, ethnicity, and family structure are recognized and valued in our program. Discovery is a special place that encourages knowledge, independent thinking, global awareness, creativity, and mutual respect.