The ideal candidate for 5th Grade Classroom Teacher has experience with and is passionate about progressive education and what it can offer children. This person has experience leading a classroom with approximately 15 students. Experience in multi-age settings a plus. Supervised by the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and in collaboration with other faculty, this person will work with students in a developmentally appropriate manner to develop emergent, project-based curriculum while aligning with national, state, and school-level curriculum goals.
School will relocate to Oak Park during summer 2018.
Essential Job Functions
Generate thematic teaching that springs from students’ curiosity
Integrate writing, reading, math, social studies, and sciences into thematic project- or problem-based study
Be flexible in allowing children room to grow at their individual pace, attending to the social and emotional as well as academic life of each child
Work collaboratively with other teacher, and possess skills and expertise that complement those of other teachers
Incorporate inclusive and justice-oriented teaching and learning into day-to-day life of the classroom
Use careful observation, anecdotal notes, artifacts of the child’s own work, and other forms of assessment to document and nurture each child’s progress
Employ creative and alternate teaching strategies to foster each child’s talents
Express ideas in a clear and timely manner in home/school communications
Write on average three narrative reports (to accompany three parent-teacher conferences) for each child annually
Foster a collaborative culture and work closely with colleagues
Non-essential Job Functions
Network with other schools/organizations
Physical ability to escort students (e.g., on field trips, to the gym and playing field, etc.)
B.A. or M.A. in Education or related field preferred
Experience in teaching children in the elementary grades
Ability to organize and manage classroom for purposeful, project-based and problem-based inquiry
Commitment to and understanding of child-centered teaching and learning
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include access to subsidized health insurance, retirement fund, FSA, professional development, among others.
About The Children's School
The Children's School was established in 2004 to create a learning environment that encourages the unfolding of students' curiosity. Through discourse, hands-on projects, and developmentally appropriate curricula, students' innate love of learning thrives. The K-8 school addresses local, state and national learning goals in a child-focused system without traditional standardized testing.
The mission of The Children’s School is to nurture students’ innate curiosity and love of learning through democratic practice, emergent curriculum, and hands-on projects, helping students become lifelong problem-solvers and engaged citizens.
The Children’s School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, hiring policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan program and athletic or other school administered programs.