Arrowsmith School Toronto is a privately owned co-educational and non-denominational day school that is dedicated to helping students with learning disabilities. It is the principle site of the Arrowsmith Program, a unique methodology currently offered in over 90 schools internationally. The Arrowsmith Program is based on the application of neuroscience research and the premise that it is possible to address a range of learning disabilities by identifying and strengthening cognitive capacities.
A Cognitive Classroom Teacher at Arrowsmith School is responsible for teaching students in their cognitive classroom using the Arrowsmith Program methodology. A cognitive teacher provides a positive classroom environment and guides, supports and encourages all students, recognizing that students are working toward a common goal of increasing their learning capacities. A cognitive teacher ensures their students are actively engaged in the Arrowsmith Program exercises and following the exercise procedures. The Cognitive Classroom Teacher supports students to stay motivated by teaching them the purpose of the exercises and finding ways of enhancing their ongoing perseverance, utilizing methods of internal and external motivation.
The Cognitive Classroom Teacher tracks and analyses student data on a daily basis identifying trends of slow or accelerated progress and problem solving to address issues as well as assesses progress data on a monthly and yearly basis. Progress is communicated to students and parents regularly through informal and formal meetings and formal reports.
This is a co-teaching position. Arrowsmith School is not focused on a full academic curriculum but offers a unique cognitive program which requires all teachers to undergo specific Arrowsmith training. The successful teacher will complete a three-week training course that runs during the summer of 2019.
Education and Professional Requirements
- Post-Secondary education in the field of education, social services, psychology and professional background involving work with children
- Evidence of ongoing professional development in the field
- Ontario Teacher Certification or Equivalent
- Five (5) years classroom experience in a public or private school
- Working with children with learning disabilities or special needs
An understanding of the field of neuroscience and the principles of neuroplasticity is an advantage.
We are looking for a professional, self-motivated team member who promotes a positive work environment. Interested candidates must have:
- Proven ability to multi-task
- Good analytical and problem-solving skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Effective communication skills, both written and verbal
- Strong organizational skills
- Willingness to work as a team teacher (one of two) in the classroom
- Willingness to share ideas and exchange information appropriately with other Arrowsmith Staff
- Energetic and self-directed
- Good memory for details
- Willingness to help promote student independence and appropriate peer interactions
- Patience in teaching individuals who have difficulty learning new concepts
- Ability to keep daily records of student progress
- Ability to keep students and parents informed about progress
- Appreciation of the difference the Arrowsmith Program can make in people's lives
- Proficiency with online collaborative tools.
Arrowsmith Program Background
- Since 1978 the Arrowsmith Program has been helping students with their capacity to learn through a series of programs that target and strengthen specific cognitive functions; it is based on the application of neuroscience research. The premise of Arrowsmith Program's work is that it is possible to address a range of learning disabilities by identifying and strengthening cognitive capacities. The Arrowsmith Program is implemented at the Arrowsmith Schools in Toronto and Peterborough as well as educational organizations in Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand.
- We recommend that candidates familiarize themselves with the description of Arrowsmith School and the Arrowsmith Program on website www.arrowsmithschool.org including viewing the introductory video and reading the sections on Learning Dysfunctions and Methodology. Please submit your resume and references.
- We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Job Type: Full-time
- Classroom experience in public or private school: 5 years (Required)
- Bachelor's (Required)