The Middle School Social Studies Teacher is a core area teacher who is responsible for teaching the History curriculum to middle school students (grades 5 & 6). Curriculum components for fifth grade include units on Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Greece, Rome, the Byzantine Empire, and the Renaissance. For sixth grade, the units include the Reformation, Native Americans, the Thirteen Colonies and the Establishment of the U.S., History Day, Westward Expansion, and the American Civil War. History classes meet every day for 50 minutes.
Plan and execute innovative lessons for gifted students inspired by the curriculum map for fifth and sixth grade History.
Incorporate engaging lessons about geography and economics into each unit to expand student understanding of the past and its connection to the world today.
Create assignments, quizzes, and tests to measure students’ understanding and mastery of History topics.
Plan and coordinate curriculum-related field trips or guest speakers when appropriate.
Develop, update, and document the History curriculum as needed.
Coordinate with the History assistant to create small groups discussions, activities, and reflective experiences for the students.
Update portal regularly with homework assignments and supplementary materials.
Maintain the online gradebook with the purpose of keeping students and parents informed of student progress in a timely manner.
Supervise students both in and outside of the classroom, (hallway duty, recess, study hall, dances, and concerts).
Lead a middle school advisory group.
Teach at least one elective per year, preferably more.
Fulfill supervisory duties as assigned.
Provide trimester report card grades and extensive feedback via report card comments.
Order and purchase supplies and keep inventory of storage cabinets.
Maintain communication with parents (emails, website, calendar, weekly explanations of lessons, notes with projects, parent conferences).
Maintain communication with parents, faculty, staff, and students.
Participate in faculty, staff, and division meetings.
Attend workshops and other professional development opportunities to continue to grow professionally in the areas of gifted education and historical interests.
Sponsor extracurricular clubs and/or teams.
Other duties as assigned by the Head of Middle School.
Qualifications & Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Certification in Social Studies/History preferred
Strong writing and communication skills
Strong critical thinking skills
Demonstrated lead teaching experience
Enthusiasm about history and educational experiences
Understanding of and ability to differentiate curriculum, especially for young gifted students
Knowledge of the academic and emotional needs of gifted middle school students
Gifted and Talented Endorsement or High Ability Licensure is preferred
Capability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with Sycamore community
Sycamore School exists so that academically gifted children can experience the enriched, accelerated education they need to reach their potential and to lead responsible, constructive, fulfilling lives.