Coding Teacher (Male)
Academic – Specialists
Misk Schools is a two-year old, state-of- the-art school, in Riyadh, building a maker-centered culture that embraces the best of progressive practices foundational to project based and experiential learning. We are an entrepreneurial culture devoted to producing the next generation of innovators, inventors, artists, globally minded citizens and leaders in Saudi Arabia. We are looking for educators devoted to redefining teaching and learning, who want to be part of a journey of writing history. We are seeking to recruit a Coding Teacher for our Middle School (9-year to 13-year olds) program.
The Middle School Coding Teacher does not use traditional “programming” methodologies employed in more conventional Computer Science programs. He works closely with the Digital Literacy Coach, Lead Teachers, Associate Teachers, Specialists Teachers, and Coordinators to integrate curriculum themes into coding learning units. He draws from the arts, age-appropriate play-based learning methodologies and, using state-of-the-art digital resources, immerses students in learning experiences that foster mastery of fundamentals of the universal language of coding.
Misk Schools’ learning spaces are equipped with interactive and immersive digital resources, robotics, maker-based materials and tools, as well as embodied learning environments. Being a self-directed learner himself, the Middle School Coding Teacher will explore and use a variety of tools and methods to engage and motivate students to design and create solutions to self-identified challenges they wish to tackle. By serving as a genuine guide in the classroom, the Middle School Coding Teacher, will partner with students as they discover core coding principles and use them to construct their own understanding, leading them to create mobile apps, build prototypes and tackle class/school challenges as the year progresses. The Middle School Coding Teacher will also collaborate in teaching coding practices to educators and parents via bi-weekly newsletters and through periodical presentations and workshops.
Reports to: Digital Literacy Coordinator
To StudentsCollaboratively plan learning units adhering to the School’s Creative Problem Solving curriculum for grades PreK-3 with the Digital Literacy CoachCarry out bi-weekly assessment routines in identified areas of measurable progress
To ColleaguesCollaborate in periodic publications to inform the school community of all that children are being exposed to and learning in coding classes Collaborate in periodic information sessions for colleagues who are interested in learning the fundamentals of coding and how to apply them in other areas of learning for students Work one-on-one with colleagues who wish to learn and practice different teaching techniques involving coding
To FamiliesGuide students in documenting and capturing evidence of learning into their personal digital portfolios for families to viewCollaborate in the publication of a bi-weekly newsletter to the community highlighting key moments in student learning during coding classesCollaborate in periodic information sessions for families who are interested in learning the fundamentals of coding and how to support their children in their learning at home
Requirements:1-2 years experience in a technical (maker) teaching capacity in a primary schoolBachelor’s degree in Computer Science and/or Early Childhood Education from an accredited university. Advanced degree (completed or in progress) in a related area of study is desirableDemonstrated skills and knowledge in the design and execution of coding classes to young learnersCommitment to working collaboratively in a cross-functional team Proven strong oral and written communications skills with colleagues and families Good sense of humor :)
PROFILE:As a start-up school in the Middle East seeking to create a new educational paradigm, candidates should possess a high degree of cross cultural sensitivity and awareness, along with an entrepreneurial sensibility. We are seeking adult learners who are comfortable stretching themselves out of comfort zones. Candidates should be familiar with Design Thinking, project-based and experiential learning. They should be prepared to work in a highly collaborative environment that places a premium on flexibility, collegiality and a growth mindset in all aspects of planning, teaching, and assessing.