The middle school science teacher is responsible for delivering an American science curriculum to Grade 8 students in an engaging, stimulating and effective manner, using varied instructional strategies. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to promote inquiry- based learning, in which students work both collaboratively and independently to create new knowledge, share materials, problem solve and discuss mathematical concepts through hands-on learning activities such as labs, field work and whole class discussions.
Summary of duties
Teach up to four sections of science and a daily student advisory
Prepare, coordinate and plan the curriculum with other members of the science department, and liaise with other departments where appropriate
Exhibit knowledge of current trends, pedagogy, research, and topics of importance in science education by applying it in the classroom and sharing it with teachers on a departmental and school-wide basis
Monitor and evaluate students’ progress, prepare for parent conferences, grade
assessments and complete report cards, etc
Take responsibility for the safety and well-being of all students, while delivering an engaging and challenging syllabus
Organize and participate in field trips to facilitate active learning
Participate in regular, purposeful science pedagogy meetings and in professional development sessions
Provide continuity of the students’ educational experience to allow smooth transition from/to the US education system
Participate actively in the life of the School, through attendance at events,
committee membership and leadership of extracurricular activities
Any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by the Middle School Principal
This position description is current at the date shown but following consultation may be changed to reflect or anticipate changes in the role that are commensurate with the job title and salary.
The American School in London is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. All new appointments will be subject to appropriate checks: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS enhanced), Disqualification by Association Self-Declaration, Declaration of Criminal Record, checks against the Prohibition List (Teacher Status Checks) including Identity, Address, Date of Birth, a Full Employment History, Right to Work in the UK, overseas checks where applicable, EEA checks, at least 2 references (one with current or most recent employer, where appropriate) and original documentation of Qualifications (where appropriate). For positions into Senior Management a Prohibition From Management Check (s128 Directive) will also be undertaken.
Diversity and equality of opportunity are cornerstone values of The American School in London.
A bachelor’s degree in Science or a relevant field
Experience teaching in a similar school setting, which will include substantive experience teaching middle school Science
A proven commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of children
Experience and commitment to collaborative working in a team-focused environment
Experience teaching an American curriculum and familiarity with research-based best practices in American pedagogy
Experience with differentiating instruction to meet the learning needs of all students
Strong oral and written communication skills
Significant recent professional development germane to the position
Commitment to and facility with integration of technology in the service of student learning
Willingness to contribute to school life and activities in additional ways through coaching, advising and special projects
Ability to support and nurture the school-home partnership
Advanced degree preferred
Experience within a standards based curriculum
Teaching experience in an international environment
Experience/knowledge of integrated and/or thematic instruction
Experience/knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About The American School in London
It’s about our entire school community. It’s about the way our students, teachers, parents, staff and friends come together to create an extended, yet focused “family.” Together, we form a dynamic caring community that steers the individual progress of each student.
Like any community, people come and go. Surprisingly, given that we’re the American School in London, people come from all over the world and they leave for all corners of the globe. More than 50 nationalities are represented here, creating an exciting mix of personalities, attitudes and cultures.
Well travelled, with a worldly outlook, our students appreciate our mission to provide an outstanding American education with a global perspective. In fact, despite their exotic itineraries, they often comment that being here is “more fun than vacation.” Our warm, welcoming spirit helps. Whether we’re a comparatively brief stop on a student’s travels or a long-term destination, we succeed in creating a stable, supportive environment in which students flourish.
The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and certified by Ofsted. ASL is a member of the National Associ...ation of Independent Schools, the Council of International Schools, and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.