A fluent German speaking, experienced early years teacher is required to provide a full curriculum education to a small group of children, aged 6 and 7. There is also a 3.5 year old who will be included when appropriate. Some of the children grew up in English and German speaking households and are bilingual. Others grew up in German speaking households only and therefore are not yet proficient in English. The teacher must therefore be completely fluent, ideally a native German speaker. English will be taught in English.
The students are a group of children from the families of German speaking friends in Las Vegas. The exact number is not certain yet, but will be between 4 and 6 of them, all aged 6 or 7. There is also a younger 3.5 year old.
The children have been homeschooled by parents until now, but the intention is for them to have a more rigorous education provided by a qualified teacher.
Teaching is to be carried out principally in German, teaching in English will be supplemental as their English language development will come mainly from their experiences outside the classroom and via the media. However, it will be necessary to point out some key differences between the two languages such as how some numbers are written, basic sentence structure, etc.
The youngest will be catered for where possible, but their mother will be present and able to take them away when needed.
The tutor will be responsible for designing and implementing a suitable curriculum for all the children. The educational plan should include, but not be limited to, the following subjects (to be taught at appropriate age and skill level for each child): reading, composition and writing, mathematics, sciences, social studies including history, geography, economics, and government. The detailed content will be reviewed with the parents to ensure that it prioritises those areas that are deemed to be important. Various English language curriculums will be provided to be implemented as needed.
There should be an emphasis on critical thinking and self-guided learning. Questioning “known” truths to ignite their natural curiosity to find things out for themselves is also preferred. The Classical Trivium (grammar, logic, rhetoric) should be something that the teacher is familiar with and implements in the curriculum. The idea being that the children are taught HOW to learn, not WHAT to learn.
Teaching will take place in a dedicated space in one of the family homes. There is access to a large outdoor space which should be utilised as much as possible. Trips to local places of educational value are also to be encouraged.
The teaching should take advantage of the flexibility provided by the situation. Lessons should be hands on and project based, rather than textbook driven. It is expected that the teacher will devise a program that is much wider than the standard school curriculum, with elements such as social skills, cookery, gardening, and general life skills included. The children should also be encouraged to develop their physical fitness as well as any artistic, dramatic and musical endeavours as they might be interested in.
The successful candidate will be forward thinking, apolitical, tolerant and respectful towards others, and a non-smoker.
HOURS AND HOLIDAYS
This is a full-time position, with the teaching schedule to be confirmed but likely similar to a standard school day.
The teacher will be entitled to 45 days holiday per year, to be taken at times convenient to the client. This is likely to fit into a similar schedule to standard school holiday periods to allow easier access for the children to external school holiday programs and activities.
ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL
Accommodation is not provided with this role. There is a plentiful supply of rental property within a reasonable distance from the tutoring location.
The tutor may be required to accompany the families on some trips. All accommodation and travel costs will be covered by the client.