Knowing that a classroom of students is comprised of individual and diverse learners, we believe that students learn best when instructional practices include:
differentiated instruction that is designed according to student readiness, progress, and achievement, and is aligned with curriculum standards;
academic enrichment that challenges students through accelerated learning experiences to advance critical thinking development;
academic support that addresses the needs of students who require additional practice and alternative instruction to achieve content mastery;
a brain-based pedagogical model that is informed by current research in human development and neuro-cognitive sciences which provides common language and consistent practices schoolwide.
The primary teaching responsibilities of the part-time middle school chemistry teacher include delivery of the Harding Academy chemistry curriculum. The individual in this position may be required to lesson plan, review student work and complete other teaching duties as assigned during time(s) that extends beyond normal working hours. This outside-of-classroom work will be at the discretion and direction of Division Director, and will be considered as part of the normal workload for this position. There should be no expectation that extra compensation will be applied in this instance(s). Load equates to 1.5 sections. One (1) section in fall semester; Two
sections in spring semester.
Employs a variety of teaching methods to engage different learning styles and ability levels in the classroom
Prepares motivating and innovative lessons that reflect knowledge of the curriculum, child development, 21st century instruction, and student abilities
Encourages an inclusive classroom that accepts the different perspectives and backgrounds of the students and elicits a greater understanding of the world around them with a global perspective
Utilizes a variety of assessments and uses data in the classroom to develop lessons and instructional activities needed
Updates curriculum and materials as needed
2. Teaching and Learning Environment
Creates a learning environment that is a motivating and age-appropriate setting with clear expectations for classwork and homework while maintaining instructional resources that support classroom learning
Seeks to actively know students’ strengths and weaknesses and responds promptly and with care to parent concerns. Communicates effectively with parents, colleagues, and administrators
Utilizes school’s online system to maintain an accurate and organized system for monitoring student grades and records
Meets reporting deadlines and requirements and follows school-wide procedures for reporting grades
Prepares well-thought out and thorough conference reports and written documentation on student progress
Maintains substitute plans and engages substitutes in advance when needed and when possible
Demonstrates classroom management skills
3. Professional Development
Demonstrates a willingness to learn, grow, and improve as an educator
Continues to update knowledge of content area(s) taught, as well as instructional practices
Engages in goal setting and review process with assigned administrator
Attends and participates appropriately in full, divisional, and departmental/team faculty meetings
4. School Community
Maintains a positive attitude and approach
Represents the school in the larger community in a positive manner
Assists with projects and school-wide initiatives
Other work-related duties as assigned by supervisor or management
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The competencies listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Professional maturity and the ability to respond calmly and effectively in stressful and dangerous situations
Professional and effective written, oral, and listening communication skills
Respectful attitude toward school faculty, students, and parents
Ability to maintain integrity and confidentiality of personal information
Ability to demonstrate a high level of work, personal, and professional ethics
Enthusiasm for working collaboratively as part of the Harding Academy team
Active involvement in school functions, goals, activities,
Ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills
Working knowledge of technology including email, spreadsheets, written and electronic correspondence, internet, school’s online portal, and smartboards.
Must have reliable transportation
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: speak, hear, stand, walk, sit; use his/her hands or fingers to: handle, grasp or feel; to: reach with hands and arms; and to: smell. The employee is occasionally required to kneel or crouch and lift up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be available to allow the employee to perform the essential functions of the job.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a related field of science
Preference: Master’s and/or at least two years’ experience in an instructional role; current or transferable teacher certification in the State of Tennessee
About Harding Academy
Harding Academy is a coeducational, nonsectarian day school serving pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. With a focus on rigorous academics taught by nurturing teachers, Harding Academy students thrive within a uniquely balanced and motivating environment.
At the heart of the Harding Academy advantages is our fundamental commitment to the PreK-8 structure, which supports every student’s social, emotional, and academic needs in a developmentally appropriate manner.
We seek to serve a diverse community of families searching for the optimal pathways to some of the nation’s most challenging public and independent high schools, and who share our mission to foster thoughtful, lifelong learners and responsible, caring citizens.
Harding Academy strives to inspire the mind and nurture the spirit in all we do. Our PreK-8 model provides the optimal environment in which to strike this balance. We serve each and every student with a whole-child approach and through challenging and developmentally appropriate curriculum, character education, and extracurricular activities.