Lower School Creative Arts Assistant
The Lower School Creative Arts Assistant Teacher will prepare for, teach and assist classes of 20 children, alongside the Creative Arts Teacher. The main purpose of the role is to provide additional teaching support to the class and facilitate differentiated instruction to students in order to maximize their learning experience in the classroom environment. Enhancing teaching and learning is the primary objective of the role.
Summary of Major Responsibilities:
- Assist in teaching Lower School children (4-7 year olds) in small and large groups, art, music, drama, Spanish and activities intended to promote social and emotional development. This will involve solo teaching on occasions, team-teaching, teaching smaller break-out groups as well providing one to one support to individual students
- Collaborate with the Creative Arts Teacher and classroom teachers in lesson planning, preparation and evaluation, and conducting diagnostic and progress monitoring assessments of students
- Contribute to student-led portfolio conferences by providing feedback on student progress
- Plan, schedule and organize activities, field trips, transport, schedules, etc.
- Supervise and chaperone large groups of students for lunch, recess, field trips and transition
- Communicate orally and in writing with parents regarding the Creative Arts program
- Liaise with other members of the teaching team, specialists and administration to develop the quality of instruction and student support.
- Prepare and organize instructional materials, wall displays, documentation, and the classroom environment
- Edit and assist with production of class posts to asl.org, children’s texts and other publications
- Attend team meetings and relevant faculty meetings
- Engage in curricular and pedagogical professional development opportunities on and off campus
- Establish professional goals each year in accordance with divisional procedures
- Participate in student placement meetings
- Provide continuity of the students' educational experience to allow smooth transition from/to the US education system
- Participate actively in the life of the School, through attendance at events, committee membership and leadership of extracurricular activities
- Any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job, as requested by the Lower School Principal/Assistant Principal
- Training in a relevant field
- Experience working with children of elementary or early childhood age in a school setting
- Strong oral and written communication skills, in addition to excellent organizational skills
- Ability to work in a collaborative team-teaching environment
- Demonstrable technology skills and proven ability to multi-task
- Recent professional development in areas of focus for the Lower School and willingness to participate in ongoing professional development activities
- Ability to take initiative and to make professional judgments regarding student welfare, communication, logistics, and use of educational materials and methods
- Embrace a child led, inquiry based philosophy that encourages learning through play and exploration
- A proven commitment to the safety and welfare of children and young people
- Bachelor’s degree in Education, the Arts, or other relevant field
- Art experience/ art educator/ experience of working within a creative industry
- Experience of working within Reggio inspired educational systems or other project based approach
- Experience of advanced coursework in education
- Knowledge and understanding of international and/or independent school communities
This position description is current at the date shown but following consultation may be changed to reflect or anticipate changes in the role that are commensurate with the job title and salary.
The American School in London is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. All new appointments will be subject to appropriate checks: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS enhanced), Disqualification by Association Self-Declaration, Declaration of Criminal Record, checks against the Prohibition List (Teacher Status Checks) including Identity, Address, Date of Birth, a Full Employment History, Right to Work in the UK, overseas checks where applicable, EEA checks, at least 2 references (one with current or most recent employer, where appropriate) and original documentation of Qualifications (where appropriate). For positions into Senior Management a Prohibition From Management Check (s128 Directive) will also be undertaken.
Diversity and equality of opportunity are cornerstone values of The American School in London.