Position: Science Teacher
Reports to: Head of School
Position Status: Full-Time, Faculty, Exempt
The Marin School, an independent college-preparatory high school in San Rafael, California, seeks an experienced candidate to work the school’s STEM department as a Science teacher.
The Marin School currently serves 100 students in grades 9-12. We honor each student's unique learning style and act in accordance with a deep belief in the potential of each and every student. Our motto is "Small School. Big Impact." Class size at the school is small by design, typically 7-10 students, to allow teachers to fully understand their students and give teachers the ability to personalize their instruction with experiential learning, innovative lessons and non-traditional, yet effective, learning opportunities.
The Marin School faculty is made up of passionate, skilled, motivated, inspiring teachers who love what they do. We wholeheartedly believe in each student's unique potential and seek faculty members who are equipped with the experience, talent, tools, skill and enthusiasm to meet the needs of multiple learning styles.
The Science teacher will teach Chemistry (two sections) and Chemistry Honors (one section). , Physics and Introduction to Physical Science. We would prefer the Science Teacher to also teach Introduction to Physical Science (one section in the Program for Academic Success) and/or Physics (one section). The Science Teacher will be asked to teach other STEM classes within their expertise.
Students learn about the fundamental building blocks of matter, how atoms combine to form compounds and how those atoms and compounds rearrange themselves through chemical reactions. Students learn about the forces that hold matter together; the mechanisms in nature that produce energy transformations, chemical changes, and physical changes; the various types of matter; and the causes of the properties matter exhibits. During the process of learning chemistry, students develop their investigative and problem solving skills through lab experiments, class demonstrations, and problem solving. Topics covered include nomenclature, the mole, writing and balancing equations, stoichiometry, concentration and properties of solutions, the structure of the atom, electron configuration and periodicity, chemical bonding and phases of matter, the gas laws, properties of solutions, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, and electrochemistry.
The honors course is a more advanced version of Chemistry that provides academically strong and motivated students with opportunities to enhance and enrich their education. Compared to Chemistry, the honors course runs at a quicker pace and at a greater depth. Students are expected to produce work of higher quality, to develop more refined and advanced critical thinking skills, and to apply those skills.
Introduction to Physical Science – The Program for Academic Success (PAS)
This is a survey of the most essential concepts of chemistry, physics, earth science, and space science. The course is conceptual and practical and minimizes memorization and mathematics. Lab experiments and projects are central parts of the course. It differs from Physical Science in that the pace is slower and that the content is modified. This course provides students with a scaffolded range of opportunities to learn, demonstrate knowledge, and succeed.
In this laboratory science course, students learn to apply the laws of physics through the study of interactions of familiar objects. The emphasis in this class is on comprehension before computation. Topics include motion in one dimension, projectile motion, rotation, forces, work and energy, gravitation and orbital motion, vibrations and waves, acoustics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics, and selected topics from contemporary discoveries. Students work with objects from ordinary life, equipment from the laboratory, and computer simulations. They engage in conceptual and analytical thinking, and perform order-of-magnitude calculations. Scientific ideas and problem-solving approaches are communicated using graphical, numerical, algebraic, verbal, and physical approaches.
The position will begin on August 18, 2017
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