Dominican Republic: Santo DomingoLength of Position: 10 months and renewable
Interviewing for teachers of elementary K-3 for school year 2013-2014.
We provide a rich environment of materials and experiences that invite learning. We are knowledgeable adults ready to guide and direct student learning and helping children to expand their knowledge and thinking. We are constantly evaluating student progress and teaching them to meet individual interests and needs.
The International School subscribes to a way of teaching and classroom planning based on studies of how children learn. At the International School, language and math skills are taught through the areas of social studies, science, literature and humanities. In our classrooms children learn to read, write, listen, talk, and think while involved in a wide variety of learning experiences.
ISSD focuses on the learning process. Children are learning how to learn. Children participate in drama, role-playing, research and other experiences that give them tools for life-long learning. Children learn how to ask questions, select topics, find materials, read, write, interview, share and present as they focus on science, social studies and literature themes. At the International School, students are evaluated on their growth as learners as well as on their written projects or oral presentations.
The best learning experiences are those that are meaningful to the child. Learning experiences such as letter writing, storytelling, field trips, interviews, reading fiction and non fiction books, and drama help children to construct meaning and understand the world around them. Even beginning readers can start with signs or familiar stories. Language skills are easy to learn when the focus is on making sense.
Children are allowed to grow at their own pace. Mistakes are a part of the learning process. For example, as children become writers they "invent" spelling and punctuation rules. These invented spellings reflect the child's learning. Teachers look for growth rather than perfection.
Teachers develop their classroom curriculum based on their understanding of children and how children learn. Activities grow out of the particular interests and needs of each class group and child. Children have choices and are encouraged to express themselves in discussion, writing, and other creative media. Children are helped to select materials, plan activities, and organize their time so that they become self-motivated learners with a lasting thirst for knowledge.