JOB SUMMARY The Duke School Lower School Physical Education teacher is the primary instructional delivery person for developing physical literacy for students from Preschool (3 & 4 year olds) to Fourth Grade. This exciting position is varied and complex. The educator must be collaborative, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be well trained in physical education content knowledge, early learners, and effective and engaging teaching strategies.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Essential duties of this position include the following. The teacher in this position performs some or all of the following tasks.
Demonstrates motivation and enthusiasm with a genuine passion for teaching young learners.
Demonstrates the ability to create a child-centered experience.
Facilitates children’s physical, cognitive and social and emotional learning through lessons designedto sequentially develop skills appropriate to their ability and confidence levels.
Provides engaging, fun, and effective instruction that helps build a health and wellness foundation foryoung children.
Teaches knowledge and skills in motor development, physical fitness, health education, rhythms and dance utilizingcurriculum and appropriate learning activities.
Provides maximum participation for all students; differentiates as needed to ensure all students experience success.
Analyzes, demonstrates, and explains basic skills, knowledge and strategies of games, rhythms, andfundamentals of body movement.
Develops engaging and effective lesson plans and supplementary materials.
Supports classroom project work by integrating activities when appropriate and feasible.
Provides ongoing formative feedback to students.
Demonstrates a growth mindset individually and supports this development with all students.
Participates in school-sponsored professional development and seeks development opportunities for growth.
Communicates in developmentally appropriate ways through a sensitive approach thatclearly conveys that every child, regardless of ability, can succeed and will benefit from aphysically active, healthy lifestyle. Models nondiscriminatory practices in all activities.
Collaborates with school team members in providing ideas and support to increase health and wellness, movement and activity within the classroom.
Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior to provide an orderly, productive environment in the physical education areas.
Provides appropriate safety instruction and makes safety checks on equipment to ensure the overall safety of students.
Evaluates fitness and social and emotional growth of students and keepsappropriate records as necessary. Collaborates with classroom teachers toshare with parents as necessary.
Partners with Special’s Team for group planning and to support student (carline, assemblies, etc) life.
Maintains control of storage, PE equipment and school property.
Actively supports and builds a strong positive culture and learning environment.
Work cooperatively and collaboratively with team members, parents, community members, andpartners to improve the instructional program and student success.
Effectively uses technology to support effective instruction and student learning.
And other duties as assigned by the Head of School or Division Director.
MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Teaching License with a Physical Education Endorsement
Two years or more of experience teaching physical education at the elementary level.
Experience teaching National Standards for Physical Education at the elementary level
About Duke School
Duke School, located in Durham, N.C., offers an exceptional project-based learning environment in which it seeks to develop high levels of analytical and critical thinking skills among all of its students. This engaging process is fully integrated with explicit instruction in the workshop based academic disciplines of reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social sciences, and world languages. This engaging, unique, yet rigorous approach to educating K-8th students is implemented by a collaborative team of two teachers in each classroom at every grade level.
The program is further enriched by additional opportunities in Spanish, the fine arts, and physical education. The lower school at DS is comprised of a preschool for 3-4 year olds, kindergarten, and grades 1-4, with each grade enrolling approximately 45 students. The majority of students are drawn from the communities of Durham and Chapel Hill. Compensation and benefits are competitive with the local public school system.