What is it like being a teacher at The ISF Academy? Our faculty thrives on catalyzing students' passion by providing them the ingredients for the discovery of knowledge and the sparks to ignite their curiosity. Our teachers are key role models in demonstrating that learning never ends and appreciating the different languages and cultures represented in our community. More than teachers, they are students’ advisors, coaches, and constant sources of support. They get to know and develop students as individuals, and enjoy joyful classrooms as a result. Our teachers range from young to old and local to international, but they share a spirit of teamwork, infectious energy and a desire to see children thrive.
We look for teachers who are enthusiastic about learning, experts in their subject areas, native level speakers of Putonghua and/or English, and cognizant of the requirements of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) programs and language immersion. All of our faculty members have degrees in their primary teaching area, and many hold advanced degrees. Our teaching staff comes from countries around the world, including Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Mainland China, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, the United States as well as Hong Kong bringing with them a wealth of viewpoints and experiences which enrich the learning environment of the school.
Learning at The ISF Academy is never dull nor boring. On a walk through our campus, you may find small groups of students working collaboratively on a joint presentation in one room, while others individually work on creative writing projects and still others are learning about Confucian philosophy. Younger music students study the classical composers while upper grades may investigate lesser known genres or create different types of music using non-traditional instruments. Another faculty member might coordinate an MIT LEAD project, guiding kids in discovering how computers can be used to control robotic motion.
Scaffolding is very different from having teaching assistants who help with classroom management and organization; it involves teacher collaboration in planning developmentally appropriate activities and identifying student needs. A scaffolding teacher is a qualified teacher who either already knows the students or the subject curriculum or both.
The scaffolding teacher will use both the push-in and pull-out methods of support. Sometimes scaffolding teachers will work with individual students or small groups inside the classroom (push-in) and sometimes scaffolding teachers will work with individuals and groups outside the classroom (pull-out).
A student is not a permanent member of a scaffolding group; instead, a student may work with a scaffolding teacher for a period of time either individually or in a group, depending on the identified needs.
It is all about best practices for learning and providing developmentally appropriate challenges for all levels of abilities.
If you are a teacher looking for a dynamic environment filled with opportunity, we invite you to contact us at The ISF Academy.