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Assistant Teacher

Company: The Goddard School - Grand Rapids II
Location: Wyoming
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Overview: An Assistant Teacher at The Goddard School is responsible for establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment. Additionally an Assistant Teacher is responsible to work together with a Lead Teacher and in conjunction with the entire faculty.

An assistant teacher must meet the qualifications of his or her state and the following qualifications:

* the ability to understand and support the education program using “learning through play” philosophy; * the ability to interact closely with children at their level; * the ability to keep children within sight and sound supervision at all times; * the ability to change children’s diapers and/or assist in toileting (where necessary); * the ability to understand and comply with the franchisee’s employment policies; * the ability to communicate effectively and professionally with school personnel, children and parents; * the ability to handle crisis situations, including assisting in evacuating the building during emergencies; and * the ability to comply in all respects with all applicable laws and regulations relating to childcare. An offer of employment may be made contingent on the following:

* A current physical examination by a physician, including a current tuberculin test or chest x-ray * An approved criminal record check as required by state regulations. It is preferred that an Assistant Teacher meet one of the following educational requirements:

* a private academic teaching certificate for nursery school through kindergarten or early childhood education; * proof of the teacher's current enrollment in a CDA credentialing program; * proof of the teacher's current enrollment in an accredited associate’s or bachelor’s degree program in early childhood education or a related field. Responsibilities:

* The assistant teacher’s responsibilities include assisting the lead teacher in implementing the lead teacher’s responsibilities.The lead teacher’s responsibilities include the following:

* Establish and maintain a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment

* Design an appropriate room arrangement to support the goals and developmental level of the children in the classroom

* Develop an appropriate classroom management system to support the goals and developmental level of the children in the classroom

* Ensure that classroom equipment is in good repair

* Understand and implement The Goddard School® emergency procedures

* Promote healthy eating practices at lunch and snack times

* Ensure that children are always within state ratio requirements

* Perform minor cleaning responsibilities (e.g., spills) immediately

* Perform major cleaning during times when children are not present

* Post a classroom schedule that meets the needs of the children and includes a routine and learning opportunities

* Post and adhere to all GSI Health and Safety policies and procedures

* Advance children’s physical and intellectual competence

* Adapt program to meet the individual needs of each child

* Create a multi-cultural learning environment

* Provide a variety of developmentally appropriate activities to engage children in learning

* Interact with the children to support play, exploration and learning

* Encourage children to talk with each other and with the faculty

* Present age- and developmentally-appropriate expectations for all children

* Create a print-rich environment in order for children to learn about books, literature and writing

* Encourage creativity through art, music, dramatic play and blocks

* Provide a reasonable balance between teacher-directed and child-directed activities

* Provide opportunities for both active and quiet play

* Integrate GSI-approved resources (including Enrichment Programs) into lesson plans

* Support each child’s social and emotional development and provide positive guidance

* Understand and adhere to the GSI Behavior Policy

* Plan and implement activities to develop children’s self-esteem and social skills

* Plan and implement activities to enable children’s feeling of security

* Encourage empathetic and respectful feelings for others, as well as the environment, through positive modeling

* Respect cultural and ethnic diversity

* Establish positive and effective family relations

* Communicate, in a professional manner, with families and faculty

* Encourage families to become an integral part of their children’s learning experiences

* Provide opportunities (e.g., conferences) in which families are made to feel a part of their children’s learning experiences

* Prepare a Daily Activity Report for each child

* Maintain a portfolio for each child

* Maintain the classroom Parent Board

* Ensure an effective program, responsive to children’s needs

* Assess supplies and materials needed to implement activities

* Build teamwork

* Develop lesson plans

* Manage classrooms according to GSI QA Standards

* Perform child observations and document in their portfolios

* Use assessment tools (e.g., Progress Reports, Children’s Progress)

* Maintain professional commitment

* Promote “learning through play” philosophy and educational objectives

* Support a code of ethical conduct

* Pursue professional development/continuing education

* Attend faculty meetings, in-service days, conferences and professional growth opportunities

Foreign Degrees:

* All foreign degrees MUST be converted to U.S. credits.

* All foreign courses and/or credit hours must be converted to U.S. standards

Related Degrees Include, But May Not Be Limited To:

* Elementary Education

* Home Economics

* Child Development

* Child Life

* Psychology or Sociology with a minor in Education

* Special Education

* Child Psychology

Relevant Coursework:

* Child Development

* Human Growth and Development

* Educational Psychology

* Child Psychology

* Methods: Age Birth to 8 years

* Children’s Literature

* Developmental Assessment of Young Children

* Measurement and Evaluation

* Health and Safety * Child Care Administration

* Student Teaching: Kindergarten; 1st Grade; 2nd Grade

Keywords: The Goddard School - Grand Rapids II, Wyoming , Assistant Teacher, Other , Wyoming, Michigan

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