Silicon Valley International School [INTL] seeks a Mandarin-speaking Upper School Individuals & Societies Teacher for the academic year 2021-2022. Upper School (MYP - Grade 6-10 /DP - Grade 11-12) Teachers develop schemes of work and lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives. They facilitate learning by establishing a relationship with students and their organization of learning resources and the classroom learning environment. They develop and foster the appropriate skills and social abilities to enable children's optimum development, according to age, ability, and aptitude. They assess and record progress and prepare students for high school level history and geography. They link students' knowledge to earlier learning and develop ways to encourage it further. Upper School Teachers challenge and inspire students to help them deepen their knowledge and understanding.
The qualified candidate should be native Chinese [Mandarin] speaker and have a familiarity with an IB program. The Upper School Individuals & Societies Teacher must demonstrate the commitment to INTL’s mission and the population we serve and be experienced with teaching at the Middle School and High School level. They must also be responsible, self-motivated, friendly, willing to work with a team of colleagues and accept and adapt to a working environment with different cultures.
The position involves teaching through inquiry according to the International Baccalaureate (IB) MYP/DP framework while ensuring foundational skill acquisition and collaborating extensively. Time for collaboration with the other teachers is built into the schedule. INTL seeks teachers who know how to combine academic rigor with student engagement and have inquiry-based teaching and learning experience.
Typical work activities include:
Teaching all areas of the Upper School curriculum as designated (in a subject area as well as interdisciplinary units)
Following guidelines and mission of INTL and International Baccalaureate MYP/DP Program.
Organizing the classroom and learning resources to create a positive learning environment
Planning, preparing and presenting lessons that cater to the needs of the whole ability range within their class.
Motivating students with enthusiastic, imaginative presentation/engagements and respectful interactions
Managing student behavior and maintaining discipline
Preparing, documenting, evaluating, and communicating to facilitate positive student development
Meeting requirements for the assessment and recording of students' development
Providing feedback to parents on the student's progress at parents' conferences and other (often less formal) meetings and report cards
Collaborating with others to plan and coordinate work, liaising with colleagues and working flexibly.
Staying up to date with changes and developments in the structure of the curriculum
Taking part in school events and activities that can be run at weekends or evenings
Planning and participating in field trips
Leading an Advisory group and/or offering student clubs
Experience teaching any of the following courses strongly preferred:
IB DP History
IB DP Geography
IB MYP Individuals and Societies
Fluency in Mandarin required, [must be a native speaker]
Chinese cultural competency
Bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent degree in education, teaching or related field,
Two (2) years of progressive post-bachelor's experience in the position offered or related occupation, including experience in using information technologies such as
Knowledge or ability to work with: Apple TV, interactive internet-connected whiteboards, iPads, and Google Chromebooks as part of a teaching program; experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Google domains.
Physical Requirements of the Job:
The physical demands described here represent those that an employee must meet to perform this job's essential functions successfully. While performing the duties of this job, the employee must frequently:
Stand for long periods of time.
Speak clearly so listeners can understand and understand the speech of another person
Lift and/or move up to 40 pounds
Be able to crouch, kneel, bend, balance, stoop, stretch, twist, reach out, and move around easily to interact with and supervise students.
Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
Read, see details of objects that are more than a few feet away and see differences between colors.
This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.
Competitive salary and benefits based on education and experience
Silicon Valley International School is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all applicants and makes employment decisions based on merit. INTL prohibits discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic characteristic or information, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. INTL will afford equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees regarding all terms and conditions of employment, including, without limitation, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, transfer, discipline, and termination.
Silicon Valley International School (INTL) is the premier bilingual preschool-12th grade International Baccalaureate World School on the West Coast. With over 650 students across two campuses, the school boasts over 40 years of experience and is one of few schools to offer multiple language immersion programs (French, German, Mandarin) and an Upper School Language Acquisition track for students with no previous immersion experience. INTL attracts a diverse, connected group of numerous identities, each with a valued and unique perspective and voice.