~ Paid Teaching Internship/Classroom Assistant
Frog Hollow School is looking for an enthusiastic and kind person with an interest in alternative/arts education to assist in the classroom. Great opportunity to observe a thriving alternative education class in action and to develop teaching skills with mentorship.
Frog Hollow School is a writing program for homeschooled children ages seven through twelve. Frog Hollow classes meet weekly for a whole school day and explore many aspects of language arts, using poetry and other creative writing as the core of a curriculum that also includes spelling and grammar, word roots, storytelling, research writing, persuasive writing, art, singing, and nature studies. We spend over an hour every class playing outside and exploring nearby parks. Each class is a mix of ages and academic abilities, and each child approaches the projects individually.
There are two separate classes: one that meets in Carnation on Wednesdays and the other that meets at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in Seattle on Fridays. Assistant currently needed in Friday class. Classes have 16 students, a teacher and an assistant. Becca Hall, the director and main teacher, will be on maternity leave during the winter and there will be a substitute teacher for that period.
Assist in the classroom, helping students individually with academics, creative work, behavior, and other needs. Help with set-up and clean-up before and after class. Assist teacher with in-class prep. Accompany class on outdoor adventures.
Supervise/participate in snack and lunchtime. Be a continuous presence throughout the year to help bridge the transitions between Becca and the maternity sub. Help with more physically demanding aspects of the classroom (ie. moving supplies etc.), especially as Becca’s pregnancy comes to term. Set a positive, nurturing, kind, imaginative, and playful tone. Opportunities to lead lessons, as well as support in developing teaching skills.
Hours: Fridays 8:45 – 3:15 in Seattle.
Pay: $16/hr, no benefits.
~ Intention to work the whole school year, September to mid-June.
~ Commitment to showing up reliably and on time.
~ 18 years or older.
~ Willingness to be fingerprinted and to pass background check. (Will be reimbursed for fingerprinting.)
~ Ability to carry folding tables and boxes of supplies and to accompany class on walks in the woods.
~ Experience and/or interest in education, especially alternative education.
~ Willingness to participate in group singing time.
~ Strong spelling and grammatical skills (and/or the humility to check when you don’t know something).
~ Reliability, kindness, patience, sense of humor, and strong communication skills.
~ Willingness to take instructions and assist teacher’s vision.
Additional desired strengths:
~ Interest/skills in poetry, literature, storytelling, or other aspects of language arts.
~ Knowledge of other languages.
~ Artistic abilities in any discipline.
~ Natural history knowledge.
~ First aid skills.
~ Familiarity with different learning styles and challenges, whether through personal experience or study.
~ Desire to gain experience leading lessons and receive mentorship in alternative education.
~ Maternity Substitute Teacher
Frog Hollow is looking for a creative and skilled educator with a strong background in arts/alternative education and language arts to act as substitute teacher during the main teacher’s maternity leave, January – early spring 2018.
Frog Hollow School is a writing program for homeschooled children ages seven through twelve. There are two separate classes: one that meets in Carnation on Wednesdays and the other that meets at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in Seattle on Fridays. Maternity sub would teach both of those classes.
Frog Hollow classes meet weekly for a whole school day and explore many aspects of language arts, using poetry and other creative writing as the core of a curriculum that also includes spelling and grammar, word roots, storytelling, research writing, persuasive writing, art, and singing. We also spend over an hour every week playing outside and exploring nearby parks. Each class is a mix of ages and academic abilities, and each child approaches the projects individually. Frog Hollow seeks to develop students’ language arts skills and trust in their own voices through creative expression, revision, and an atmosphere of respect for the whole child. Learning happens through conversation, group projects, and creative work rather than through worksheets. Strong culture of imaginative and intellectual exploration. Classes have 16 students, a teacher and an assistant.
Teach both Frog Hollow classes from January through mid-March or mid-April, while director and main teacher Becca Hall is on maternity leave. Lead lessons, supervise snack, lunch, and park time, and lead closing circle. Communicate with Becca about curriculum. Opportunity to develop curriculum, as well as support and access to existing curriculum.
Hours: Wednesdays 8:40 – 3:20 in Carnation and Fridays 8:40 – 3:20 in Seattle, plus prep time.
Pay: $450 a week (two teaching days per week)
~ Teaching experience, preferably arts education or alternative education.
~ Strong language arts skills and excitement about teaching both writing mechanics and creative writing.
~ Ability to reliably show up to each class on time. (Getting a sub is possible but difficult.)
~ Willingness to be fingerprinted and a clean background check. (Will be reimbursed for fingerprinting.)
~ Experience working with children with a range of learning challenges, academic abilities, and needs.
~ Ability to coordinate curriculum with director, while also having freedom to create original lessons.
~ Ability to work within the existing framework of the class structure and to build cohesively on the fall’s curriculum.
~ Cultural sensitivity and political/religious acceptance: the ability to make students of all backgrounds and family beliefs feel respected and included.
~ Facility teaching in a low-tech classroom.
~ Strong communication skills: ability to coordinate smoothly with director, work with assistant, and communicate with parents.
~ Talent for creating a nurturing, respectful, joyful, challenging, creative, and co-operative learning environment that respects students as human beings and calls upon them to be their best selves.
Additional Desired Strengths:
~ Creative writing skills – enthusiasm for poetry, playwriting, comics, fiction, etc.
~ Ability to lead group singing time.
~ Storytelling skills.
~ Knowledge of natural history.
~ Knowledge of other languages.
~ Artistic skills.
~ Ability to bring in material from outside the traditional Western canon.
~ First aid skills.