We are proud of our excellent teachers who work at AISC.  If you are interested in joining us please read our teacher profile below.

Planning

  • Planning collaboratively, based on agreed curriculum framework, standards, and instructional goals.
  • Creating learning units with the Profile of our Graduate in mind.
  • Involving students in planning their own learning and assessment.
  • Accommodating and differentiating a range of ability levels.
  • Planning the use of varied and appropriate resources.

Assessing

  • Maintaining accurate records including lesson plans and marks.
  • Viewing planning, teaching and assessing as interconnected processes.
  • Using a range and balance of assessment strategies and documentation.
  • Assessing levels of student’s understanding before embarking on new learning.
  • Enabling students to see assessment as a means of describing their learning and involving students and colleagues in the assessment process.
  • Involving students in shared reflection during and at the end of each unit.
  • Making sure students fully understand how their grades are determined.
  • Writing reports and maintaining records of regular parental contact.
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues to ensure that the result of assessment provide a link to further development.

Caring for our students

  • Providing a safe environment for the student at all times, in and out of the classroom.
  • Efficiently carrying out supervision responsibilities.
  • Supporting the moral, social and emotional development of each child in our care.
  • Ensuring calm and sensible behavior at all times through the application of fair and consistent discipline.
  • Demonstrating positive attitudes of tolerance, respect and integrity by example.
  • Celebrating multicultural origins and national identities in our community.
  • Seeing that equity is observed in our school and not allowing gender or social status to intrude.
  • Gaining insight in students through communication and partnership with families and colleagues.

Professional appraisal and staff development

  • Reflecting on teaching and creating an annual Professional Growth Plan.
  • Seeking and participating in opportunities for professional growth.
  • Supporting the emphasis on ongoing professional learning to further develop knowledge of pedagogy and teaching practice.
  • Sharing ideas and good practice with others and constructive collaboration with colleagues in the curriculum development and review process.

Teachers are also expected to conduct and lead extra-curricular activities, and/or after school tutoring until 4:00pm to assist their own students who may be struggling.

Specific Features of Teaching at AISC

AISC teaches specific programs/approaches and uses particular software. If you take up a position in the elementary school, you will be expected to:

  • Implement the Balanced Literacy approach to teaching literacy
  • Differentiate in reading using guided reading groups; use our leveled book room to support the different reading levels in your classroom
  • Use Ganske’s diagnostic approach to teaching spelling, phonics and word work
  • Teach and assess writing using the 6+1 Writing Traits
  • Teach math using the Everyday Mathematics Program (University of Chicago)
  • Map your curriculum using the Atlas Rubicon web-based program
  • Use MAP (Measurement of Academic Progress) testing to guide your teaching
  • Assess reading using Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) three times a year
  • Take attendance, record grades and write report-cards using an electronic, integrated database
  • Write an electronic newsletter home to parents each week outlining the week ahead
  • Be technologically literate
  • Use formative assessments and qualitative assessments regularly
  • Subscribe to the AISC Essential Agreements on Assessment
  • Encourage higher order thinking skills – Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Develop a positive home-school connection by being in touch with parents through newsletters, email on a regular basis

If you take up a position in the secondary school (Grades 6-12/IB), you will be expected to:

  • Create units of instruction using concepts to frame your units (a conceptually-based curriculum)
  • Implement the Virginia State Standards, or IB curriculum in your unit development
  • Upload your units and weekly and monthly assignments using the school’s parent and student portal
  • Use electronic grading connected to the parents’ and students’ portal
  • Map your curriculum using the Atlas Rubicon web-based program
  • Use MAP (Measurement of Academic Progress) testing to guide your teaching
  • Take attendance and write report-cards using an electronic integrated database
  • Create qualitative assessments, such as performance tasks with rubrics
  • Make use of technology including knowledge of an interactive whiteboard (Smartboard)
  • Use formative and qualitative assessments
  • Subscribe to the AISC Essential Agreements on Assessment
  • Encourage higher order thinking skills – Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Develop a positive home-school connection by being in touch with parents through newsletters, email on a regular basis