Like many independent schools, we are entering hiring season now. We are looking for extraordinarily talented independent school teachers to join our team part-time, to teach one or two sections of courses in our course catalog.
Most times, administrators wouldn’t consider encouraging their teachers to apply for jobs. However, this opportunity is different because of what teachers are able to bring back to their face-to-face classrooms from their experiences teaching with One Schoolhouse.
Through One Schoolhouse, independent school educators participate in a comprehensive training and coaching program to prepare them to teach online. By learning and implementing both our strong, effective course development standards and successful teaching standards, One Schoolhouse teachers are ready for success in an online classroom. By the time new teachers figuratively step into a One Schoolhouse course, they have learned to:
Create Authentic Relationships in Online Spaces
Great teachers in our schools create meaningful relationships with students in their classrooms. The same is true in great online courses. But, those relationships (obviously) look different than they do in face-to-face classrooms. During our professional training, teachers learn how to bring their personality online, how to connect with students when time and space separate them, how to motivate students to find success, and how to use support systems that we have established.
Design Courses That are Learner Driven
One Schoolhouse courses are designed based on the understanding that every student learns differently. Students are given greater autonomy and choice in the learning process. Students are given tools to figure out what they know coming into a given unit or lesson, pathway choice in how to engage with content, and sometimes even choice in assessment method. Teachers learn how to create meaningful formative assessments, build optional pathways, and produce varied assessments.
Teach Courses That are Learner Driven
Teaching a personalized class is also new for many independent school teachers, so we give them support and coaching in this regard, too. They learn how to work with students on individual goal-setting and how to help students make the best pathway choices for themselves as learners. Our teachers are trained in how to help students learn how they learn.
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