Games & Movement Teacher 2022-2023
The Games and Movement Teacher will be an experienced movement or physical education teacher, trained movement therapist, and/or Occupational Therapist with demonstrated ability to craft a developmentally appropriate movement curriculum for groups of children ages 7-12. A love of and experience in the arts and/or familiarity with Spatial Dynamics or Occupational Therapy is extremely beneficial. Waldorf teaching experience or experience working in other progressive independent school environments is preferred.
The Games and Movement Teacher will be responsible for approximately 8 periods per week (2 per grade), on a schedule that is somewhat flexible (11-3pm, 2 to 3 days a week).
- Engage students in a lively, developmentally appropriate Games and Movement curriculum for 1st-4th grades.
- Plan and deliver non-competitive movement classes using a variety of Waldorf and non-Waldorf resources, with a goal of improving mind-body connections and fostering the development of social skills.
- Adapt and differentiate movement lessons to student needs, especially as it pertains to students with sensory/OT needs.
- Engage parents.
- Be available to parents for collaboration on student needs, including twice yearly family-teacher conferences.
- Write the required narrative reports on students in Grades 1-8 participation and movement abilities
- Collaborate with fellow teachers.
- Work with Grades 1-8 teachers to find points of overlap in other subjects where Games can be integrated into the curriculum, including organizing the annual Pentathlon.
- Work in partnership with a variety of specialty teachers to help create a rich, diverse festival life, including providing guidance and leadership during the school’s annual events.
- Participate in the larger school community.
- Attend faculty meetings and occasional special events (open houses, community days, festivals).
Ideal Candidates Will:
- Possess strong coaching/classroom management skills as appropriate.
- Have the necessary employment authorization paperwork to work in the United States.
- Have a Bachelor’s degree and prior teaching experience--preferably in a Waldorf or other progressive school setting.
- Be willing to engage in Waldorf training over the summer and/or take Waldorf curriculum-development courses within the first few years of employment.
- Stand and walk for extended periods of time and significant lengths.
- Move equipment related to games class.
- Use a computer for report-writing, email communication, and simple record-keeping.
- Squat, stoop and/or bend over.
PHS embraces the opportunity to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by applicable law. Non-discriminatory practices apply to all employees and applicants for employment. Likewise, the administration of personnel matters such as compensation, benefits, transfers, reductions in staff or faculty, training/education and social/recreation activities are free from discriminatory practices. Personnel decisions shall comply with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination in employment.
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