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English Teachers Needed (Grades 1 - 12) - Nablus, Palestine

Posted By: Pioneers Baccalaureate School <>
Date: Saturday, 15 April 2017, at 2:22 p.m.

Pioneers School ( ) in Nablus, Palestine is seeking English teachers to work with students in Grades 1 12.

Grades 1 and 2

1st grade (sections 1A, 1B, 1C) focuses on introducing students to classroom behavior and instilling positive work habits. In the first two months, students learn and review letters, their sounds, and their written forms. They learn to speak and respond to basic commands and classroom instructions. Throughout the year, students learn to read and write basic vocabulary and simple sentences.
2nd grade (sections 2A, 2B, 2C) focuses on steadily increasing students' reading, writing, listening, and speaking capabilities in English, so that by the end of the year, they are able to write short paragraphs and read simple books. Students will read both fictional and informational texts, and be able to identify elements of plot including character, setting, problem, and solution.

Teaching Materials: Phonics Reader, STARFALL Reader I and II, Reading A-Z Online Curriculum

Grades 3-6

The English curriculum for Grades 3-6 is novel- and story-based. Students read both fictional and informational texts and develop their skills in reading comprehension, identifying elements of plot, describing character traits, recognizing point of view, and making inferences, among other skills. Students develop their range and length of writing (from paragraphs to essays and research papers) with a focus on correct usage, grammar, and punctuation. In Grades 5 and 6, novels serve as the basis for units on bullying, animal rights, social/economic inequality, oppression, and emigration/immigration, as students are encouraged to engage critically with the texts.
Teaching Materials: Central texts include but are not limited to:
Grade 3: Cam Jansen and the Snowy Day; Dinosaurs Before Dark; Flat Stanley; The Boxcar Children
Grade 4: Julian's Glorious Summer; Secrets of Droon; I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake; Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Grade 5: Ivan; Tiger Boy; Fish in a Tree; Ancient Civilizations (various texts)
Grade 6: Science Fiction short stories; The City of Ember; Journey to Jo'Burg; Inside Out and Back Again

Grades 7-12

7th grade focuses heavily on grammar and developing further thinking skills during the academic year. The successful candidate must be diligent, with a strong attention to detail when it comes to students' work. Strong classroom management skills are a must in this position as well. A familiarity and passion for teaching course material such as Coraline, The Westing Game, Tuck Everlasting, and Red Scarf Girl (among other novels) is strongly encouraged.
8th grade will tackle the theme of 'survival' through a variety of texts. The novels you will be teaching focus on resourcefulness and creativity in the face of overwhelming change. The successful candidate should prioritize extension activities and cross-curricular opportunities throughout the course. A familiarity and passion for teaching course material such as The Call of the Wild, Lord of the Flies, Abarat, Island of the Blue Dolphin and Fever 1793 (among other novels) is strongly encouraged.
9th, 10th, and 11th grade teaching positions focus on developing strong analytical skills through advanced texts. During these courses, students explore reading materials from many genres including: drama, fiction, dystopian literature, historical fiction, memoirs, etc. Teachers will also need to prioritize vocabulary integration, essay writing skills, and deconstructing arguments throughout the course.

Other Requirements:

Experience is preferred but not necessary. The successful candidate will be flexible, energetic, positive, and strong in classroom management, in order to cultivate a love of the English language and learning in students while simultaneously enforcing correct classroom behaviors. Ideal candidates have some experience with elementary school-, middle school-, or high-school-aged children, either in a formal or informal capacity. We provide on-site training, and teachers work closely with a specific coordinator to develop skills continuously throughout the year. In many aspects, the job is closer to classroom teaching than to a typical ESL classroom.

Teaching Hours:

Grades 1-6: 24-26 teaching periods (each period is 45-minutes long) per week, with additional time commitments for planning, professional development, and school duties.
Grades 7-12: 16-20 teaching periods (each period is 60-minutes long) per week, with additional time commitments for planning, professional development, and school duties.

Salary: 2000 New Israeli Shekels per month, equivalent to $540 at the current exchange rate of 3.7. (The exchange rate has fluctuated in the past between 3.4 and 3.9, which may impact the dollar exchange.) Local teachers at Pioneers receive 1800 shekels per month for their first year, which is a competitive starting teacher salary in the city of Nablus. Housing and a travel stipend are provided.

Applications are processed on a rolling basis.

About us:

We are a bilingual Arabic/English school serving Grades K-12. Our high-school students follow the SAT program. Pioneers Baccalaureate School was founded to provide a level of education unavailable in Nablus. We challenge and inspire our students to achieve their intellectual and personal potential by approaching each as a unique individual. Utilizing the best of modern pedagogy, while staying true to our Palestinian roots, Pioneers prepares students to be competitive on a global scale. Our graduates will be prepared to innovate, think creatively, and contribute to building a better Palestine and a better world.

About our city:

Nablus was one of the Palestinian cities hit hardest by the Second Intifada, but it is currently undergoing an economic rebirth. With around 300,000 people, it is one of the largest cities in the West Bank.
Nablus is still a conservative city with respect to the West Bank as a whole, and in order to maintain the school's good reputation and standing in the community, foreign teachers are expected to uphold certain standards of behavior and dress during their tenure with the school.

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