Next Generation Teachers - Learning Guides Primary
Are you passionate about working with 6 to 12 year olds? Has the experience of teaching in a traditional context driven you to the point of leaving teaching? Are you ready to reimagine what learning looks like and apply that with our dynamic learning community? Do you love play-based learning? Then, this may be the role for you ...
The School of Big Bravery is seeking multi-talented Learning Guides to co-create & launch our first Early Years/Primary age program.
The School of Big Bravery has been provided a unique opportunity to question fundamental elements of the education system which dominates our world today. This project is being led by the Dubai Design Lab, which is part of the Dubai Future Foundation. The School of Big Bravery’s mission is to grow an inclusive learning community which puts relationships, learner agency, and a strong connection to nature at the heart of it. We bravely question what elements of education need to change in order to do this, through re-evaluating timetables and schedules, subjects, or even where learning may take place. We take time to build understanding across our community, as we consider learning to be a holistic process involving the learner, their caretakers, their community, and the environment around them. We aspire to be a lighthouse illuminating the possibilities of a brighter future through learning, and for this we welcome a team of inspired and energetic changemakers.
This is a startup! So we are looking for someone who is collaborative, understands the importance of strong personal relationships and who thrives in a changing, innovative and agile environment. The ideal start-date is March 2024.
You will play a vital role as a learning guide. Your involvement will be instrumental in growing and executing our vision for primary years learning.
Our learning guides co-design play and challenge based learning experiences, facilitate nature and discovery-based workshops, provide one-on-one accompaniment, and collaborate with partners to craft a purpose-inspired, experiential and community-engaged learning experience for all our learners.
In your role, you will:
- Being the primary point of contact for a given group of learners acting as a guide, coach, mentor, counsellor, passion pusher, facilitator, curator, and whatever else our learners need us to be for them.
- Collaborate with a cross-functional, agile team that develops engaging, effective learning experiences.
- Collaboratively design and participate in training and coaching sessions for learning guides and partners who work with our learners.
- Parent communication and engagement.
- Support learning on a variety of topics in a variety of contexts; be a generalist.
- Co-develop systems for progress monitoring, authentic assessment, and learning interventions.
- Presentations and communication to prospective families.
- Stay current with trends, leading neuroscience and innovations, and research in learning science, instructional media, and learner behaviour.
- Co-create, review, and advise on all documents that pertain to the Learning Program.
- 3-5 years experience working with 6 to 12 year olds, most of which is in inquiry and play based learning.
- C2 level of English is a must, Arabic would be nice to have
- Experience in developing and implementing learning experiences from ideation through implementation.
- Experience in supporting primary age learners. At the core of all of these is the capacity to build strong, positive relationships, and to identify what role you need to play for each learner.
- Capacity to draw from a wide variety of learning methodologies and apply them appropriately based on the context and the learner, ideally project based and experiential learning. Previous experience in Reggio, Montessori or Forest School education environments would be a plus
- Patient and empathetic with learners of all ages as well as their parents.
- Ability to work collaboratively and creatively in a fast-paced, agile environment.
- Willingness to learn from failure, ask for help when you need it, embracing an iterative process.
- Skilled in problem solving, critical thinking, planning and organisation.
If this sounds attractive and you are up for your this challenge, please apply with
- your CV and/or portfolio,
- a brief letter (no more than one typed page) that outlines your vision for a day in the life of a learner at the School of Big Bravery.
- a short 1 minute video that introduces you, your interest in the position and your passion for teaching. (please upload your video where it says “website, blog or portfolio”)
We are committed to creating a community that bravely explores how, what, and where we learn. We value diversity in perspective, background, and belief. We cherish our safe, creative, and fun culture that aims no lower than evolving education to be its best self.