Opening Fall 2013-14
Seeking Constructivist Secondary-level English Teacher
Three mornings/week 9am-1pm
Progressive learning community. Small class size. Motivated learners.
Ideal candidate is writer, teacher, leader in education,
interested in nurturing young writers and sharing passion for literature and writing.
Part-time position allows time to work on own writing a few days/week.
Option to begin in a paid intern position Spring 2013.
Teaching one class, interning/observing two. Three mornings per week.
Continuing Fall 2013 offering three classes/MTW mornings
Monday through Wednesday 9am-1pm, plus Teaching Team meetings 1x/month on Thursdays. Preferred option to find candidate who can begin interning April 2013 in paid position, but candidates may also apply to begin Fall 2013
Two upper level Middle School writing classes and one High School level writing class. Specific course content negotiable, should follow passions and unique gifts of instructor. Middle School students ready for ‘Writing in the Genres’ or ‘Foundations of Essay Writing/Literature’. High School best served by study of Hero’s Journey and personal essay writing. Support college-bound seniors with their admission essays as needed.
B.A./B.S. or higher. Deep understanding and a love of literature and writing required. Ability to focus on and understand children, and a passion for teaching and learning required. Experience creating and implementing meaningful learning experiences for teens in multi-age settings, and knowledge and experience with constructivist education and Socratic methods, both a plus. Stipend/salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
About the Attic Learning Community:
Founded in 1999, the Attic is a dynamic learning community located in Woodinville, Washington serving children ages 5-18. Our teaching and learning practices are based on constructivism (Piaget’s scientific theory that explains how human beings construct knowledge and moral values) and Socratic teaching methods. Our classes meet three days per week MTW, giving children and their families’ downtime, and time to pursue outside interests.
Our faculty is comprised of passionate educators who recognize the innate potential that lies within every child; challenge students to approach learning with an open, inquisitive, and critical mind and challenge students to go beyond the “facts” toward understanding “why” and “how”; and they give children authentic choices and a voice in their education. Because we highly value the development of self-direction and intrinsic motivation, we do not use grades, rewards, or punishments. At every level, progress and growth are documented using detailed narrative assessments.
All of our classes are small and multiage and the Attic is truly a learning community. Teachers and students work together to create a learning environment with an emphasis on participation and discussion. Our students come to expect and demand rigor of themselves, their instructors, and their peers. Our teens stand out among their peers as highly capable, responsible learners, who actively contribute to their own education, emerge as class and community leaders, and are sought-after by colleges.
At the Attic, we are deeply committed to the ongoing growth and development of our faculty and interns. We reflect often on our teaching practices and work collaboratively to understand and implement constructivist and Socratic teaching methods. We value our interns and strive to have a lasting relationship with each one. Our program is thriving, and successful interns have opportunities to take on expanded teaching responsibilities with time.
Our ideal candidate will have thoroughly explored our website at www.the_attic.org; is energized by our approach and our mission; committed to his/her own growth and development as an educator; specifically drawn to teaching writing and English in a constructivist and Socratic teaching/learning environment; and is open to receiving mentoring, regardless of years of experience.
How to apply:
Email resume and cover letter to Pat Orrell, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Attic Learning Community admits students of any race, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or religion, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students in the learning community. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or religion, in the administration of its educational policies, admissions and hiring policies, tuition aid programs and other learning community-administered programs.
Posting Date: April 2013
Closing Date: Open until Filled