Middle School Science Teacher
Helen Thackston Charter School (6-7) - York, PA

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Middle school science teachers should demonstrate the qualities expected of the general Junior Academy teacher in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, classroom management, professional responsibilities, professional relationships, family involvement, and school community. In addition, science teachers should:

  • possess a strong understanding of the scientific process, particularly hypothesis formation and testing
  • use the 5Es constructivist method as the curriculum's pedagogical foundation
  • model science thinking for students, especially the skills of scientific inquiry, curiosity, openness to new ideas and data, and skepticism that characterize science
  • possess a strong understanding of the life, physical, earth, and space sciences and how to integrate them
  • demonstrate an interest in and understanding of the science program
  • keep current with issues, events, problems, or topics of importance in science
  • possess a strong background in and have practical experience with cooperative-learning and hands-on classroom investigations
  • monitor student progress through regular classroom assessment