The Middle School Language Arts teacher will serve as a core member of a developing Middle School team committed to fulfilling the school’s vision, mission, core beliefs, and goals collaborating regularly with the other members of the team to plan integrated units, activities, and discuss students to promote the educational needs of all Middle School learners.
This position requires an acute understanding of the developmental uniqueness of the middle level learner and a desire to work with and advocate for this age group. AISJ program strives to provide students the opportunity to acquire both core knowledge and a firm grasp of reasoning and practice in inquiry and research. Hands on learning activities and assessment that make connections to student’s world around them are essential to our program; preferably through integrated subject units.
AISJ is committed to developing a workshop approach for Middle School Language Arts based on the principles, practices and structures taught Lucy Calkins and Columbia Teacher’s College. AISJ is dedicated to providing a student-centered, collaborative and cross- curricular approach in support of literacy in all subject areas. Such an approach, we believe, will best prepare and empower them to become responsible, lifelong learners and competent, compassionate, effective communicators.
The Middle School Language Arts teacher will have responsibility for integrating and teaching classes in two grade levels depending on their experience and background. The schedule is currently an eight-day rotating block schedule.
Current teaching certification appropriate to age level and subject specializations
A minimum of an undergraduate degree in Education or the area of expertise required
Master’s degree is preferred
Previous teaching experience, and strong knowledge in the area of specializations at the required levels of study
Preferred skills and Experience:
A firm understanding of Middle School philosophy and a passion for working with Middle School students
Willingness to supervise co-curricular roles
A positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills
Expertise in building active, collaborative classroom programs which encourage problem solving, critical thinking skills, and which develop a sense of classroom community and trust
A solid understanding of a middle school organization, programs and students
A proven ability to differentiate instruction and integrate learning
Proficient in integrating technology in student learning.
Strong organizational and time management abilities
A team player with the ability to take initiative
Understanding of and experience using “Understanding by Design” unit planning.
Experience with designing and implementing effective units of study within a reading and writing workshop approach
Experience with designing and implementing effective and creative inquiry-based units of study
Experience with and understanding of 6 + 1 Traits Writing
Experience teaching ELL/EAL a plus
Working within an Advisory program model
Teaching in a One to One laptop learning environment
An ability to multi-task
AISJ values continuous improvement and provides weekly professional growth and collaboration time from 1:45 to 4:00 on Wednesdays. In addition to the subject responsibilities, teachers at AISJ are welcomed into a collegial and collaborative working environment. In support of this teachers are expected to:
Communicate and liaise on a regular basis with fellow department/grade members with regard to planning, assessment, parent and community contact, subject organization and classroom issues such including discipline, expectations and routines
Communicate and liaise with other school colleagues in an effort to promote and establish integrative links and/or awareness
A 35-minute advisory period, three times per week, is also included in the teacher’s responsibilities.
Weekly team meetings will occur (more frequently if required) and common planning time is embedded in the master schedule for the Language Arts team.
Attend and constructively contribute in staff and department/grade meetings
Assist in supervision of student breaks
Contribute to and support school improvement plans and initiatives
Maintain up-to-date records of assessment, attendance, planning, reports, conferences, and communication with parents
Establish regular links with your parent community to ensure that parents are kept well informed about student progress
Assist, as required, in the development of curricular materials
Sponsor co-curricular after school activities
Chaperone annual Classroom Without Walls class trip
Participate in and assist with school events as required
7:10 am to 3:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and
7:10 am to 4:00 pm on Wednesday
In order to complete the AISJ application process, please click the application link above and complete the electronic form. Information captured on this form will be stored on a secure database and will be used to complete a quick reference check on vacancy compatibility. Please take note all faculty couples need to submit individual applications.
Saddlebrook Estate, Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa