Job Title: Class Teachers (Class 1)
Background: The Nairobi Waldorf School – was founded in 1992. What our school has to offer through Waldorf education is as relevant as ever, with the increasing demand of modern life and its related social, political and economic issues, all of which require creative solutions.
Job Summary: The class teacher will be part of a team of teachers working in the school. The class teacher will teach a group of up to 25 children and is expected to stay with the class through to class 7.
Roles and Responsibilities
1. Meeting the needs of the children
- Participate in the scheduling of dates for class meetings, plays, trips, outings and general school events.
- Preparing teaching content thoroughly ensuring that it is balanced and that it meets the needs of the children
- Preparing a year plan which should reflect leitmotiv of the developmental phase of that class, the Main Lesson blocks in order of how they will be taught throughout the coming year, brief synopsis of each block with explanation on how it meets the child at that phase.
- Preparing a daily lesson plan which should reflect clear aims and objectives, coherent structure of the three fold nature of a Main Lesson (willing, feeling and thinking), clear and effective learning tasks to be given, appropriate assessment strategies and reflection.
- Guiding age appropriate student activities and providing on-going support.
- Leading the preparation and organization of school trips by ensuring that logistics and communication to parents is done efficiently and on time, and no later than two weeks before the trip date
- Assessing and responding accordingly to the evolving needs and well-being of the children in and outside the classroom as well as keeping records of these.
- Ensuring that aesthetics and healthy learning environment are optimized
- when on duty, ensure that students who are not picked up in a timely manner are well cared for, for their duration on the school grounds; while making sure that repetitive cases are handled so that children staying on school grounds after pickup time remains exceptional
- Assessing prospective students and interviewing their parents to determine the appropriateness of waldorf education before admission is concluded.
- Writing qualitative and comprehensive annual report for each student, meeting the expected standards as required by the school.
- Educating parents about middle childhood development in accordance with Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy and waldorf principles, with emphasis on specific phase of any given class.
- Gathering and making available, articles and study materials that support and elaborate waldorf principles, Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy, Anthroposophy and/or middle childhood development.
- Addressing parents’ questions and enquiries regarding parenting, child development and behavioural concerns.
- Planning and conducting at least three parent meetings within the school year, during when relevant study is presented, important information is shared, class events are addressed and areas of concern are discussed.
- Encouraging parents to form groups for the purpose of deepening understanding of Waldorf education and Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy.
- Sending out regular email communication to parents regarding the progress of the child and the class.
- Informing parents immediately should any concerns or issues arise through telephonic or verbal communication.
- Maintaining a healthy classroom community through termly class socials
- Coordinating and participating in all school festivals and events
- Giving input to the relevant staff for the purpose of developing marketing and enrolment materials.
- Providing reports, photos and communication ideas to update the school website and social media sites
- Working with the College of Teachers and other members of the faculty to assess the needs for the development of programmes to meet the needs of the families and their children
- Maintaining effective and efficient communication channels with the parent.
- Attending general faculty meetings and primary faculty meetings to address pedagogical, curriculum and school management issues
- Working closely with subject teachers and meeting with them at least twice a term to address any concerns that may arise as well as ensure consistency in teaching and classroom management methodology
- Serving efficiently in faculty management positions when nominated
- Serving efficiently on school committees when nominated
- Contributing to administrative and management tasks
- Preparing procurement plans for teaching material, class repair or other improvements needed
- Abiding by decisions of the faculty, College of Teachers and the Board of Trustees
- Meeting all given deadlines for given tasks
- Attending the Annual General Meeting
- Meeting and working with a mentor whenever possible
- Participating in annual self-evaluation and performance appraisal process
- Enhancing professional development through reading / studying, conferences, workshops and further training in the field
- Enhancing personal development through on-going study of Anthroposophy and other related philosophies
- At least a Diploma in Waldorf/Steiner Teaching Primary (Compulsory)
- Degree in Education (Desirable)
- Experience in classroom teaching in a Waldorf/Steiner School
- Ability to play keyboard/recorder, paint and teach music and art will be an added advantage.
NB: Nairobi Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer.