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Middle School Social Studies Teacher

 

Starting date:  July 2018

The primary function of The International School of Panama Teacher is to facilitate the students learning process and create productive environments in which students can develop skills they might need at present or in the future.  He or she provides within the classroom learning opportunities for the students and assists in other school programs working harmoniously with the administrative staff and parents in support of the ISP Teaching Philosophy, school policy, regulations, objectives and goals.


SOCIAL STUDIES in the MIDDLE SCHOOL: 

In ISP’s middle school, social studies teachers plan units of study that balance facilitating students’ increasingly sophisticated conceptual understandings with skill development and content coverage. Teachers utilize AERO standards and backwards plan from IB Diploma Programme Group 3 assessment objectives.

While an interactive online text – detailed below – is provided for each course, teachers also utilize additional online resources, library databases, and printed materials to support direct instruction and guided inquiry. In addition to traditional tests and researched essays, teachers plan performance assessments that allow students to demonstrate understanding, skills and content knowledge in a variety of fashions. These include but are not limited to: Socratic Seminars, debates, cross-age presentations, and hands-on projects that allow students to solve real-world problems and improve relevant systems. 

Core class offerings in Middle School Social Studies are as follows:

- Grade 6: A world tour of contemporary and historical cultures through a geographical lens. Primary text utilized: TCI Geography Alive!

- Grade 7: A chronological historical inquiry into early and ancient humans, from cave dwellers through to Ancient India and China. Primary text utilized: TCI History Alive!

- Grade 8: An introduction to religious and societal systems of the Ancient World. Primary text utilized: TCI Civics Alive

- Note that curriculum documentation and collaboration is done through a Google Team Drive.

In addition to the core classes detailed above, Middle School Social Studies teachers also each offer an elective course known as a Wheel, which students rotate through every 9 weeks. The focus of the Wheel courses is as follows:

- Grade 6: Global Issues Network, service learning and community engagement.

- Grade 7: Model United Nations

- Grade 8: TedX Talks

For students who are interested in further pursuing these global issues Wheels beyond the allotted nine weeks, Middle School Social Studies runs an after-school global issues club where students participate in service learning projects and diplomatic simulations.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Support the ISP Teaching and Learning Philosophy by developing and teaching a curriculum that engages all learners in purposeful, connected and balanced work that cultivates 21st-century skills

Help ensure that all students achieve key learning outcomes for the grade level, targeting instruction thoughtfully to address individual needs

Build a robust learning atmosphere that leads students to value being at school and feel part of a challenging yet joyful and inclusive learning community

Collaborate intensively and daily with colleagues to continually improve student learning and school culture

Participate actively in ongoing, intensive professional learning

WHAT YOU BRING

Student teaching, teacher training or equivalent experience with MS students

Deep dedication to learning and developing the craft of teaching

Highly effective collaboration, innovation and creativity

Very resourceful and adaptive, eager to embrace constant change, growth and learning  

A willingness to be flexible, and adaptable, and committed to the challenges of working in an international school

Organization, time management, and problem solving skills

A high degree of professionalism

Commitment to participating in the whole school experience including fostering joy as an authentic and important part of the learning process for students and staff

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE JOB

At least 5 years of experience in relevant subject area or grade level For HS Positions IB Teaching experience or IB training is desirable.

Bachelor or Master Degree in Education or

Bachelor or Master Degree in relevant subject area with teaching experience as per above

High level of English proficiency

Cross cultural sensitivity and an international mindset

Previous experience in an international school is desirable

Application Process

 

Please visit our Human Resources portal to access our application platform.

 

Due to the number of inquiries we receive every day in a variety of formats, we request that you apply for a particular position using our own online application process.

 

Only in this way can we assure you that your application will be processed in a timely manner.

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