START DATE: 01 AUGUST 2020
CLOSING DATE: UNTIL FILLED
Wahaha Schools consist of Wahaha International School (WIS) and Wahaha Bilingual School (WBS), both located in the historic and picturesque city of Hangzhou, China.
Our mission has always been to provide a superior international educational experience for elementary and secondary school aged students utilizing the best of Eastern and Western instructional practices, rooted in the inquiry and exploratory methods of teaching and learning. It is our goal to prepare each of our students to be a life-long learner equipped with the skills necessary to be a responsible global citizen in the 21st Century.
At Wahaha Schools, we enroll a diverse group of students, in the belief that our students benefit from interacting with children of various talents and backgrounds.
From the first day we opened our doors, we have been a highly respected school in the community grounded in the development of critical thinkers and enhanced by core Chinese culture and language programs. Here at Wahaha Schools we provide a rich learning experience for students in Kindergarten through Grade 9; creating an environment of Curiosity & Courage; Appreciation & Accountability; Resolve & Resourcefulness, and Excellence & Enthusiasm (CARE).
This is a place where learning comes to life!
School Section: Primary School
Position Type: Full time
Reports to: Curriculum Director, Vice Principal, and Principal
Working Relationships: Works collaboratively with; Principal, Vice Principal, Curriculum Director, administration and support staff, teaching teams, IB Coordinators, Student representatives.
Working Hours: 100% as per contract.
Qualifications Required: Minimum Bachelor degree
Compensation and Benefits: As per contract
Wahaha International School (WIS) is committed to the safeguarding and well-being of all children and young adults and we expect all staff to have the same commitment. Safe recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. Appointment is subject to a criminal/police or equivalent background.
Description of the Role
The teacher has the responsibility for delivering a high-quality teaching and learning programme, providing a safe, caring and inspiring learning environment and for modelling the WIS mission in their work.
While teachers have primary responsibility for the children in their classes, they are also responsible for the care and safety of all students in the School.
Teachers who work for WIS are responsible for creating a conceptual, contextual and inquiry-based learning environment where students can demonstrate thoughtful and ethical behaviour and ensure that the values and principles of the IB Learner profile are at the heart of learning and relationships in the School. Teachers will support the philosophy of holistic education through their work at the school and contribute to extra-curricular, community and service activities.
Teachers plan using the designated WIS Curriculum, contemporary strategies, resources and evidence of learning to meet the needs of all students.
Collaborates and co-plans all teaching units with teaching teams, and single subject teachers, as necessary
Uses the IB unit planning template on ManageBac.
From formative and summative assessments, uses evidence of student learning to guide planning and to differentiate instruction
Participate in the implementation and review of the curriculum
Eeffectively engages students in learning by using a variety of contemporary teaching strategies in order to meet individual learning needs.
Facilitates learning through a range of strategies, in individual, small and large group settings in a positive and differentiated climate of instruction
Works closely with their teaching team to ensure effectiveness of the delivery of the teaching and learning programme.
Builds upon students’ existing knowledge and skills
Uses a variety of resources
Uses digital integration/learning technology and innovation to support and enhance student learning
Communicates clearly and checks for understanding
Participates in reflection discussions at the end of units of inquiry and provides feedback for curriculum review
Integrates Approaches to Learning (ATL) and future ready skills within their teaching and support students in their skill development
Where appropriate, alert students to opportunities to undertake meaningful service learning
THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Establishes an inspiring, respectful, positive, safe student-centered environment that is conducive to learning.
Promotes the IB Learner Profile in all teaching and learning
Ensures the classroom physical layout maximizes learning and collaboration while providing a safe environment
Establishes clear expectations, with student input, for classroom essential agreements and monitors them consistently and fairly
Maximizes learning time and minimizes disruptions
Establishes a climate of trust and teamwork by being fair, consistent, caring, respectful and enthusiastic
Respects students’ diversity, including language, culture, race, gender and learning needs
ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING
Systematically gathers, analyses and uses evidence of learning to measure student progress, guides teaching and learning and provides timely feedback.
Uses pre-assessment information to guide planning and teaching
Aligns student assessment with expected learning outcomes and the school’s Assessment policy
Develops and uses a variety of formative and summative assessment strategies to guide teaching and learning, and cater for individual student needs.
Gives constructive, honest and regular feedback to students on their learning
Regularly communicates with parents and students on student learning progress and adheres to school procedures for assessment and reporting.
Uses the school’s student information system to keep records and to facilitate communication
Maintains a commitment to professional ethics, international mindedness, and the school’s mission and core values; and takes responsibility for professional learning that results in enhancement of student learning.
Positive representative in the community by reflecting the values of the Guiding Statements (mission, vision and core values)
Supports and upholds all school policies
Positively collaborates and communicates effectively and appropriately within the school community
Participates as required in the preparation for IB authorisations and evaluations, as well as for accreditation visits.
Takes on ad hoc tasks as directed by the Principal.
PERSONAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES
High level of organizational ability
Past demonstration of initiative
Ability to work cooperatively within a team atmosphere
Ability to establish effective working relationships with staff, students and parents
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Ability to manage change effectively and collaboratively
Confident and competent English language skills
Comprehensive understanding of contemporary teaching and learning theories and practice
Broad knowledge of school section curriculum
Practical understanding of collaborative planning
Practical knowledge of Technology and Information Literacy
Demonstrate understanding of the relevant IB Programme and/or an inquiry, concept driven approach to teaching and learning
Practical knowledge of assessment for learning
At least 2 years successful experience as a classroom or single subject/specialist teacher, preferably in an IB or inquiry based setting
International experience is preferred but not essential
Awareness of students’ age appropriate developmental needs and learning capacities
Enthusiastic about working within a blended language environment that includes both Chinese and English languages
Has a growth mindset attitude
Ability to work well with different cultural backgrounds and diverse perspectives
Please email your CV and covering letter with two contactable referees to firstname.lastname@example.org and include REF: www.ibschooljobs.com - Application for Position as Homeroom Teacher in the subject line of your mail.
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