- Great Hearts Academies
- Location details
- Greater Phoenix and San Antonio areas
- Based on demonstration of mastery
- Position type
- Organization type
- K–12 school
- Language teaching
- Employment category
- Tenure Status
- Non-tenure track
GREAT HEARTS PHILOSOPHY OF SPANISH
The study of language is an essential liberal art for students, cultivating a complete education in the Western tradition and appreciation of each language’s beauty. Rather than teaching modern languages with a narrow lens, such as “Spanish for the tourist,” all courses are taught liberally for the cultivation of the mind. All Great Hearts modern language courses are taught in an immersion-style classroom through the four operations of language (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). The Spanish courses begin with building basic conversational skills and grammatical structures. Gradually, students engage in more complex structures and language features in order to translate texts from Spanish into English through Socratic discussion. The modern language progression culminates in the reading of canonical literary works, which are examined through a combination of individual and group reading, class discussion, and writing assignments. Focus on expression of meaning, symbols and systems, commonalities between other languages, and expression of beauty.
Ultimately, the teacher’s responsibility is to cultivate the hearts and minds of students in the wonder-filled pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness. Some specific practices of a Great Hearts teacher include, but are not limited to:
Study, plan, practice, and execute lessons in accordance with the philosophy of the discipline and the hierarchy of goals within a lesson and subject
Thoughtfully plan and grade homework assignments that help students practice material from that day’s lesson or prepare for tomorrow’s lesson
Thoughtfully plan and grade assessments that accurately evaluate the hierarchy of goals within a lesson, unit, and/or subject
Evaluate each student’s holistic progress through yearly parent-teacher conferences, twice-yearly narrative evaluations, and quarterly report cards
Maintain consistent communication and partnership with parents
Host tutoring sessions for students
Collaborate with grade-level and/or subject-area teams to unify goals, habits, and practices consistently throughout each classroom
Conference regularly with Special Student Services teams, including but not limited to discerning and implementing ARDS, IEP and 504 plans
Cultivate an ordered and joyful classroom culture consistent with the broader academy culture through habits, discipline, systems, and procedures
Commit to the habit of life-long learning, including but not limited to the teacher’s own assigned subject(s), other disciplines in the liberal arts, the art of teaching, athletic games, and the fine arts
Prepare for and participate in frequent faculty seminars on a classic text, piece of art, mathematical proposition, or other beautiful work
Participate in network-wide and campus-specific professional development throughout the academic year
Meet with headmasters, administrative team members, and/or assigned mentor or master teachers to receive coaching on successes and improvements
Complete other responsibilities as assigned by the headmaster and/or administrative team
Certification is not required to teach at any of the Great Hearts Academies. Great Hearts teachers hold a bachelor's degree or higher, demonstrate both a love for the breadth of the liberal arts, and a depth of knowledge in the subject area(s) they teach.
All candidates must be able to demonstrate they are qualified to teach the subjects they are assigned.
In conjunction with the Great Hearts recruiting team, headmasters review candidate applications to fill the vacancies at their respective academies. Candidates may hear from one or more headmaster(s) and/or Great Hearts staff member(s) shortly after submitting their application when their qualifications meet the hiring needs at that moment. Alternately, candidates may not hear anything for several months if there are no (anticipated) vacancies that meet their skill set. In either case, it is in a candidate’s best interest to submit application materials as soon as possible.
If you are interested in teaching at Great Hearts, please click here.
For questions about the online application process, submitting of documents, and specific openings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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