The philosophy of teaching and learning of Hovnanian School creates a warm, safe, and nurturing environment to allow each child to thrive in their own unique way. We are a vibrant, private, Armenian school of approximately 150 students, Early Childhood – 8th grade, in New Milford, NJ with a strong sense of community and emphasis on robust academics. We are in search of an English teacher for 6th – 8th grades. The teacher will lead the students through an exploration of concepts based on the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, while equipping them with the skills and understanding to apply them using a variety of learning modalities and activities.
Create lesson plans incorporating critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, intellectual risk taking, organization and presentation of thinking, and creativity.
Instruct three grades of classes of students based on the English curriculum at age-appropriate skill levels. Reading and Writing Workshop has been used previously.
Assess and evaluate student work and provide feedback in a way that allows them to improve comprehension. More detail regarding the learning expectations for the students is available on the school’s website,HovnanianSchools.org. Part of student evaluation includes the use of Running Records.
Communicate student progress and concerns with students, families, and administrators with appropriate frequency.
Cultivate the spirit of the mission of Hovnanian School in students, faculty, and colleagues.
The position is full time and requires a minimum of two years of teaching experience at a public or private school or youth-serving organization. A content-related degree and New Jersey Teaching Certification in English are required. A passion for the subject and working with children, the capacity to work collaboratively and cooperatively with colleagues, and flexibility are essential. Commitment to and understanding of the value of developing the whole child and global awareness are also desired qualities. The English Teacher is expected to make a commitment of at least three years.
COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS
The Hovnanian School's approach is comprised of five unique but overlapping elements that are woven through the curriculum and integrated into every aspect of school life. The school's philosophy of teaching and learning creates a warm, safe, and nurturing environment to allow each child to thrive in their own unique way.
DEVELOPING THE WHOLE CHILD
Our sc...hool community recognizes a set of natural rights: each member of our community is an individual human being and each person ought to be secure in property and in basic liberties.We strive to respect and promote the rights of each individual while protecting and nurturing the welfare of the community.
At Hovnanian School, learning takes place in many languages. The main languages of the school community are English and Armenian. Children are introduced to French from the age of 2. A "one person/one language" strategy and language immersion helps foster natural conditions of language acquisition, while intensive language programs and interactive methods enhance daily practice. The school itself is the setting for language acquisition. There is no assumption and no preference about whether the children can or cannot speak Armenian - outside the school, in the home, or in the community. Consequently, the goal is to have all children proficient in the language before they learn to read and write. Viable and vital space created for each language helps the natural choice of language and the natural reaction among peers. From the early ages, within the environment created by the teachers, children are the master of their linguistic development and grow as competent, multilingual individuals.
MULTI-AGE LEARNING / INTERACTION
The learning experience at the Hovnanian School is largely influenced by small class sizes and the close-knit community it produces. In traditional classroom settings, students are "isolated" into separate age groups.In reality however, people interact and share experiences regardless of age. At Hovnanian, we believe numerous strengths -self-esteem, self-respect, and self-confidence-come from allowing students from different age groups to interact and develop relationships across grade levels.
The essence of Hovnanian's multi-age learning philosophy is demonstrated by the "Project Time" workshops that occur every Friday afternoon for the last hour and a half. During Project Time, grades 1-8 participate in one of eight designated workshops they independently selected for that term. The workshops change from term to term and include Mosaics, Newsletter writing, Puppets Theater, Line Dancing, Sudoku, Scrabble, and Chess to name a few. As students select their desired workshops, each session is inevitably comprised of a variety of grade levels. This means a 4th grader might play scrabble against a 1st grader, or that a 7th grader, 3rd grader, and 1st grader must work together to write a newsletter column.
In this multi-age experience, students explore new ways to observe, create, learn and express their knowledge. They are exposed to new environments and different teaching styles. As students engage in unique dialogue with children of all ages, their ability to communicate and appreciate other perspectives flourishes. Working with others within a multi-age group dynamic also enhances students‚ social skills and their problem solving abilities.
Teachers from 1st through 8th grade work together to prepare workshops, propose new ones, and make any improvements along the way. As Project Time is a collaborative effort, it offers a natural basis for professional development, self-assessment, and peer review. The Project Time experience proves that our small community has the potential to fully realize the benefits of its size, and that the multi-age experience - bringing students and faculty of all ages together for a unique learning experience -is the ideal forum to fulfill this potential.
The multi-age experience eliminates fears, decreases teasing and bullying, and fosters community understanding within the school setting. It also helps make other projects that involve various grades more successful and enriching.
THE STUDENT-FACULTY PARTNERSHIP
The close relationship made between administration, teachers, and students without the stress of academic competition helps garner a nurturing and friendly school community that prepares our students for a global society wherein everyone-regardless of religious, ethnic or cultural background-is respected and appreciated.
COOPERATIVE CONFLICT RESOLUTION
At Hovnanian School, we are dedicated to contributing toward our students growth as responsible and caring members of society. Many programming initiatives are designed to build cooperative skills for children to effectively resolve issues and work through conflict. Social settings such as Project Time, International Day, and combined class recesses expose each child to different styles and provide an opportunity to further develop the sense of community. This exposure helps students become more receptive to change, more open to new ideas, and more capable of integrating non-routine events and activities into their daily routines without disruption.