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Constructivist Elementary Lead Teacher

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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 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; who challenge students to approach learning with an open, inquisitive, and critical mind to go beyond the “facts” toward understanding the “why” and “how”; and who 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, tests, rewards, or punishments. At every level, progress and growth are documented using detailed narrative assessments.

All of our classes are small and multiage. 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 fellow students. 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 teachers 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. He/she/they is energized by our approach and our mission, committed to his/her/their own growth and development as an educator, specifically drawn to teaching mathematics in a constructivist and Socratic teaching/learning environment, and open to receiving mentoring, regardless of years of experience.

Days/Hours:

The Attic meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-3:30pm, from mid-September through late May. In addition, our faculty meets beginning mid-September and then once a month on Fridays October-May. This position can include benefits and is approximately 70% FTE.

Responsibilities:

Serve as Co-Lead teacher in our Primary classroom working with children ages 7-10 supporting literacy (reading/writing workshop), science, art, and community-building. Work with a co-teacher and supporting specialists to create an engaging, child-centered, learning environment. Experience and interest in teaching math to elementary age children is a bonus but not required.

Required Skills:

  • Passion for working with young children
  • Experience with elementary education, ideally experience with the workshop approach to reading and writing
  • Ability to create a fun, safe, and equitable learning environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively with children, teachers, and parents
  • Skilled at taking initiative, flexible, creative, sense of humor, and enthusiastic
  • Ability to work well and flexibly with a co-teacher, sharing leadership responsibilities, curriculum development, teaching time, assessment writing, and family communication
  • Knowledge of Constructivist philosophy of learning and either experience or enthusiasm about developing classroom practice and pedagogy in line with Constructivist philosophy
  • A commitment to co-creating and maintaining with our community a child-centered approach to teaching, learning, and being together at The Attic

Qualifications/Salary

B.A./B.S. or currently pursuing degree. Masters degree or higher a plus. A passion for learning and an enthusiasm for team-teaching are required. Experience creating and implementing meaningful learning experiences for young children in multi-age settings, and knowledge and experience with constructivist education a plus. 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…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    September 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    June 30, 2021
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required

Location

On-site
24023 51st Ave SE, Woodinville, WA 98072, USA

How to Apply

How to apply:

Research The Attic Learning Community at www.the-attic.org. Email resume to Primary Program Advisor Alison Farrell at afarrell@the-attic.org. Please include a cover letter detailing your interest in this position.

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.

Job Type: 70% FTE with benefits

How to apply:

Research The Attic Learning Community at www.the-attic.org. Email resume to Primary Program Advisor Alison Farrell at afarrell@the-attic.org. Please include a cover…

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