Laboratory Schools: Science Teacher, Middle School
University of Chicago (UC)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Internal Number: JR13931
Location: Hyde Park Campus
Job Summary: Responsible for maintaining up-to-date teaching techniques to provide middle school students with a quality educational experience in a life science class. This includes the development of and execution of middle school science curricula that focus on inquiry-based experiences, multiple levels of material engagement, and the use of scientific tools and technology. There is an emphasis on hands-on work that includes data collection, results from communication and conceptual synthesis, and individual student projects with an aim to explore the life sciences. Science teachers report to their respective Principals and to the Science Department Chair. The Science Department is responsible for the science education of students in grades 3 - 12.
The work year is 179 days (or as stipulated in the Faculty Association contract). Â The anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2022.
Responsible for maintaining up-to-date teaching techniques to provide middle school students with a quality educational experience in a life science class. This includes the development of and execution of middle school science curricula that focus on inquiry-based experiences, multiple levels of material engagement, and the use of scientific tools and technology.Â
Teachers are expected to work collaboratively with other teachers in the Science Department to ensure that curricula are developmentally appropriate and work synergistically with the science departmentâ™s scope and sequence.Â
The science teacher is also expected to work in collaboration with their own faculty and interact productively with colleagues outside their faculty, other professionals, staff and administrators, and parents.
Middle school teachers also act as advisors for a group of students by serving as a liaison between home & school, and by preparing lessons around themes such as diversity, decision-making, executive functioning skills, and social awareness.
All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are expected to work the required days as stipulated in that agreement.
Quickly adapt to changing circumstances and be flexible in work with students.
Interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required.
Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues, and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students.
Strong knowledge of course subject matter required.
Knowledge of instructional methodologies required.
Strong knowledge of child development required.
Develop curricula, lesson plans, and assessment tools required.
Analytical skills required.
Problem-solving skills required.
Decision-making skills required.
Attention to detail required.
Organizational skills required.
Computational skills required.
Verbal and written communication skills
Interpersonal skills required.
Work independently and as part of a team required.
Manage stressful situations required.
Maintain confidentiality required.
Work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Education: Â Â
Bachelor's degree in a field of science, science education, or related required.Â
Biology degree and/or advanced degree in a field of life science or related field preferred.
At least three years of experience teaching life science is required, preferably at the middle school level.
Experience developing a life science curriculum is strongly preferred.
Comfortable teaching middle school science required.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.) required.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Move in and around the classroom/building to interact with students, faculty, staff, parents, and other members of the community.
Move class-related equipment/tools, as appropriate, around school property
When appropriate, escort children from one classroom to another, in and out of the building during arrival and dismissal, and in an emergency situation.
Demonstrate lessons, when appropriate.
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