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Part-time Science Summer Camp Teacher

Company: QuantumCamp Inc
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

LEVEL: Grades K-4
LOCATION: Palo Alto, California

Background and Job Specifics

*We are running a 2-week camp at Khan Lab School on Monday through Thursday over the weeks of July 11 and July 18.

*We are hiring 4 teachers, one for Grade K, one for Grade 1, one for a Grade 2-3 cohort, and one for a Grade 4-5 cohort.

*We are scheduled to teach from 12:50 to 3:10 each day.

*The hours of work include the 2 hours and 20 minutes of teaching each day plus about 2.5 hours of prep each day, for the 8 days of camp. So 5 hours per day.

We teach courses like geology, electricity, culinary science, and chemistry. They are laboratory intensive. Having all the lab supplies in order at the beginning of class time is critical.

This also means that every moment, with 15 to 20 kids running experiments, is organized chaos! The classes are fast paced, - but we begin each lab by telling a story to the students, and then inviting the students to finish the story through the experiments they set up and conduct.

After the students complete the lab, we try to bring everyone back together to make sense of the observation and findings. What does it mean? Where can we go from here?

And then we lead off the next lesson with another story.

Job Description

Teach for the 2 hours and 20 minutes each day

Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to start time and set up your materials

Spend about 2 hours outside of class time each day, reviewing the curriculum, studying the content, and making modifications if you like.

More Background!

The ideal we aim for is that fascinating ideas are revealed through the sequence of stories and labs over the course of summer camp week. These experiences we create are based specifically on the lives of and challenges faced by the greatest thinkers, innovators, scientists, and mathematicians in history: Lavoisier, Darwin, Mendeleev, Bohr, Pythagoras, Euclid, Newton, Descartes. (Of course, we make it all age-grade appropriate!)

When you walk in the footsteps of those who marshaled unrivaled creativity, intellect, and perseverance to solve the most complex questions in history, you know what it takes to solve the most complex challenges of the future.

And we bring youngsters right to the moment before new knowledge was created, then we pull back, and let them completely take over. With a few key lab supplies that we provide, and whatever logic, inference, and instinct they bring, students are challenged to make the same intellectual leaps as the great mathematicians and scientists.

Here are a few other things we hope you are good at:

You love sharing new ideas with kids and supporting their intellectual growth and development. You love being in the classroom and engaging with students as a passionate, patient instructor.
You are commanding, knowledgeable, and energetic.
You are compelled to help students with their academic, social, and emotional challenges, and have the skills and experience to keep your classroom focused on learning and not behavioral management.
You are highly organized and have reverence for the impact of the classroom environment on learning.
You are continually seeking to design deeper and more meaningful experiments for students.
You are a scholar of science and math history, contemplate human acquisition of knowledge, and connect these processes to the pedagogy of teaching both science and math.

Required Experience
You are highly organized and very timely
Achieved or pursuing a B.S./B.A. or higher in science, math, or engineering
1+ years experience working with groups of students between 1st and 12th grade, in either conventional or alternative education formats

Compensation and benefits

Keywords: QuantumCamp Inc, Palo Alto , Part-time Science Summer Camp Teacher, Education / Teaching , Palo Alto, California

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