Physical Education Teacher (Lower School and Upper School)
Avenues The World School - New York, NY

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Physical Education Teacher (Lower School and Upper School)

Avenues: The World School is looking for one physical education (PE) teacher for kindergarten through second grade in the Lower School and ninth and tenth grades for its New York campus in Chelsea. Physical education teachers are members of the faculty and report directly to the athletic director. The PE teachers have overall responsibility for the specific classes they direct, which will often cover multiple grade levels over the course of the day, ensuring that the PE program at each grade level is effectively taught, seamlessly coordinated and thoughtfully individualized. They instruct students about sports, physical development and overall fitness/wellness. Physical education teachers show students not only how to play various sports, but also how physical activity benefits both the mind/body relationship and overall health.

The Avenues physical education program will focus on motor-skills development, fitness and conditioning and balance and agility, with athletics providing sport-specific training in a wide and diverse array of sports. Students in all grades will benefit from an extensive physical education curriculum, with classes taught in both the Avenues gymnasium and, for older students, at Chelsea Piers’ facilities. Sport-specific instruction will include most of the following: gymnastics, soccer, baseball, basketball, European team handball, volleyball, rock climbing, lacrosse, martial arts, dance, ice skating, figure skating, running, conditioning, bowling and golf.

Programs for this position in Lower School taught on the Avenues campus (kindergarten – grade two), will emphasize more refined motor skill activities so children begin to demonstrate proper balance and body control and learn to utilize items such as bats or hockey sticks during sports. In addition to continued dance and movement, programs will include jumping rope, appropriate ball handling, improving balance and developing spatial awareness of both their own bodies and of opponents’ bodies in competition. Lower School physical education programs will teach the importance of healthy living and daily exercise.

For the Upper School, two classes will be taught at Chelsea Piers, with one additional class in the Avenues fitness center. The focus of this additional class is to provide students another day of PE by involving them in various fitness-related activities. This will include using the cardiovascular and strength machines and other fitness equipment and resources. They will focus on building their “fitness and wellness” portfolio, which will be carried out throughout their years at Avenues.

Specific responsibilities

•Ensure the safety of students in physical education activities by providing a comprehensive program in safety instruction, injury prevention and management and physical conditioning prior to activity
•Engage the learners in differentiated learning experiences for the range of skill levels and developmental needs found in the class, managing, when appropriate, multiple instructional activities simultaneously
•Provide a nurturing, supportive and positive classroom climate that encourages student responsibility and teamwork, using positive motivation, clear classroom routines, challenging instructional strategies and effective classroom management techniques for all students
•Discipline students in a fair and consistent manner, using school approved procedures. Seek assistance of parents and the athletic director when needed
•Assist with extracurricular activities, supporting the whole school program. Instruct, advise, coach and/or supervise extracurricular activities, including interscholastic and intramural sports
•Become involved in the “fitness and wellness” portfolio project by being a mentor for a group of students throughout their years at Avenues.

We seek faculty whose focus on children and their learning styles is as important as their own disciplines, who treat their students as individuals with disparate yet valuable gifts and who are excited to work with young children. PE teachers must have strong speaking and listening skills. Besides being knowledgeable about an activity, they need to be able to communicate and demonstrate it properly. They must be able to maintain high energy levels, as they will be on the go all day, working both indoors and outdoors and teaching students how to play various sports and how to exercise. Candidates should also be practiced in traditional and new pedagogies and familiar with 21st century learning in physical education.

Candidates should possess a B.A. or B.S. and commensurate teaching experience of children of these ages. Proficiency in either Mandarin Chinese or Spanish is a plus, as we are emphasizing acquisition of both languages throughout the school, particularly in the early grades, which will learn these languages in half-day immersion programs.