Promoting Professional Development and Best Practice in EE
Games & Movement Teacher
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Website:Environmental Charter Schools
Environmental Charter Schools is a growing network of free public schools in South Los Angeles that is graduating college-bound leaders who care about their communities. The mission of Environmental Charter Schools is to provide a rigorous, student-centered college preparatory curriculum that extends learning into the local environment so that all students graduate with the knowledge, values and skills to become life-long learners and quality stewards of their community. ECSs vision is that our students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to graduate from college, inspired to discover their own sense of purpose, and empowered to become quality stewards of their communities.
ECS teachers accomplish our mission through our Best Practices.
1. Small Learning Communities
Our teachers collaborate with a diverse group of colleagues, parents, and students in a flexible, team-oriented environment. All are an extended family where we value each persons gifts and develop talents.
2. Interdisciplinary Curriculum & Authentic Assessment
To prepare students for college and career, ECS teachers provide rigorous, high quality, standards-aligned curriculum and assessments that use data to inform instruction. Interdisciplinary units incorporate English, History, Math, and Science throughout the year. Teaching teams have release days to plan, refine, and reflect.
3. Relevant, Engaging Instruction
Our teachers inspire students to ask questions. Themed lessons show students concepts in real-world settings and immerse them in learning. Our lessons involve many strategies, incorporating current events, arts, and technology.
4. Environmental & Project-Based Learning
Our teachers can teach outside the classroom walls, including through outdoor experiential methods like overnight camping trips and service learning. Not every lesson focuses on the environment, but all content areas explore relationships between natural and human systems.
5. Collaboration with Partners
Our teachers are resourceful leaders - they like to research new and innovative programs, curricula and resources, and develop community partnerships.
Environmental Charter Middle Schools is seeking a part-time Games & Movement instructor, for 9 to 12 hours per week. Position includes monthly Monday morning faculty meetings. Instructor will need experience teaching upper elementary or middle school students and the ability to manage 25-30 students. A passion for improving students teamwork and social emotional life through movement and activity is ideal. Experience in coaching, outdoor education, and/or theater games are all desirable. Curriculum is to be developed in collaboration with our staff.
Games & Movement emphasizes the principles of movement, rhythm, self-regulation, group dynamics, and general wellness while integrating academic themes to deepen student understanding and to demonstrate the interconnectedness of the disciplines. For example, during an interdisciplinary unit on Ancient Greece, 6th graders prepare for an Olympic Games-- running, discus, or javelin. Instruction emphasizes grace and beauty.
During Ancient India, Games class focuses on yoga. Our 7th grade study of Medieval Europe culminates in a medieval tournament, including jousting and a tug of war, and while our 8th graders study American history, their games class includes activities like square dancing or stickball.
Games and Movement includes team-building games that reinforce the Tribes Social Emotional Learning program employed throughout the school. Candidate does not need to have experience in each of the activities described above; any activities that tie to what students are studying are acceptable and a willingness to learn new things is crucial.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. ECS reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
- Commitment to achieving the mission of ECS for every student in our community
- Excellent communication skills, oral and written
- Experience working with middle or high school students
ECS does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of age, actual or perceived race, actual perceived gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. ECS complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to all qualified individuals with a disability. Only completed applications will be considered.
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