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Middle School Math Teacher

Job Type: Permanent
Location: San Francisco
Discipline: Math
Reference: P0151
Job Published 01st Feb 2019

Job Description

MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH TEACHER

Start Date: August 2019

One of our partner schools is seeking to find an educator who can re-imagine middle school for the 21st century. Instead of seeing the middle school years as “awkward” and “difficult,” they think they’re the most important years to prepare students for the path to happy and successful adulthood. They have built a team of leading educators, researchers, and adolescent development psychologists, and together they are designing a new model for middle school: one that combines highly engaging academics with an approach that is social, personal, and rooted in the real world.
  
The Role: Guide
They call their teachers “Guides” to indicate how they see the ideal learning relationship with students. They support the shift from “sage on the stage” to “guide by the side” and beyond. They are looking for a Guide with personal values like these:
  • Your passion is to help others grow. You accurately observe students’ strengths, personality, and challenges; you have a strong sense of what excellence looks like in given areas of study; you combine the determination to lovingly challenge students with the compassion and wisdom to know when to be patient or to step back.
  • You have a calling for, and deep appreciation of adolescents. You know youth culture; you love the uniqueness of this age. You see middle school as a time of transformation, not just in intellectual development, but also across social, emotional, physical, ethical, and creative intelligence.
  • You’re on a lifelong learning journey. Whether through vocation, travel, personal study, reacting to challenging life experiences or otherwise, you’ve undergone and can articulate your learning journey. You’ve had to face personal challenges and have come out humble and with greater clarity about your path. You’ve developed personal habits and mindfulness practices that support you in continuing to grow.
  • You’re worldly. You are “world savvy” and pragmatic about how to get things done in the real world. You’ve traveled or even lived overseas; you’ve been entrepreneurial formally or informally. You’ve endeavored to create value, faced failure, and experienced success.
  • You comfortably exist in and naturally model authenticity. Through experience and practice and perhaps your own mentors, you’ve developed an awareness of what authenticity looks like, and comfort being yourself.
  
Requirements:
  • At least 3 years’ experience leading Math-related learning experiences for middle or high school students.
  • Experience designing curricula for adolescents.
  • (Preferred) Experience with mindfulness or social-emotional learning
  • (Preferred) Experience with progressive, student-centered teaching methods
Responsibilities:
  • Teaching: Lead 3 dedicated Math classes across middle school levels, and participate as
    a “visiting Guide” in interdisciplinary Quest courses to weave Math into projects.
  • Advising: Support advisory program, which focuses on developing students’ social, emotional, and ethical intelligence. When the next opening occurs, begin acting as an Advisor to a group of 10 students.
  • Curriculum Design: Guides will have the opportunity and responsibility to shape the curriculum, evolving current materials and generating emergent project topics.
  • Collaboration: looking for Guides who want to be part of a close-knit team, inviting others to see their teaching, sharing their successes and challenges with vulnerability and openness.
Structure:
  • Start Date: August 2019
  • Time: While they prefer a full-time Math Guide, we are open to a part-time role (25-30 hours per week) as well.
  • Compensation & Benefits: This role offers a competitive compensation (based on experience), as well as full health, retirement, and commuter benefits.