Spirit of Math is always looking for passionate high-performing teachers who not only love teaching but also love learning math to join our dynamic team.
Before teachers are accepted into Spirit of Math, they must participate in a hiring and training process that develops and tests their understanding of mathematics, their attitude about learning and teaching, and their interpersonal skills. In addition to the pre-screening interview and in-class evaluations, Spirit of Math teachers must pass a two-part Spirit of Math mathematics and pedagogy course with a commitment of approximately 80 hours. Teachers are continuously monitored and supported throughout their time with Spirit of Math.*
Teachers for Spirit of English and Spirit of Technology must also participate in an intensive screening and hiring process, followed by training.
From the very start, Spirit of Math focuses on ensuring that candidates have the potential to be “top of the nation” in their teaching. There are six distinct parts to the screening process:
Because teachers are the backbone of the program, we take their learning just as seriously as our students’ education. Those teachers who are offered a position with Spirit of Math complete a comprehensive two-part training program.
Stage 1: Pre-Training (Independent Learning)
All new teachers begin by completing the Spirit of Math core curriculum for grade 5 and the foundations of problem solving from grades 1 to 4. This is done through a blended on-line/independent course. Pre-training teachers are assessed on a variety of assignments and supported throughout their learning process with feedback to help them to think conceptually. Upon arrival at in-class training, they are tested on their knowledge of the pre-training material and their ability to apply the mathematics. It takes between 40 and 60 hours to complete all the pre-training requirements.
Stage 2: In-Class Training
The week-long, in-class training session consists of a combination of theory and practice so that teachers are not simply memorizing best practices but are testing their understanding in a collaborative environment. Participants practice-teach in front of their peers and Spirit of Math trainers, receiving feedback throughout the process. Many participants have remarked that they learned more in this one week of training than in an entire year of Teacher’s College.
Passing the Fundamentals of Teaching Mathematics course is a prerequisite for teaching with Spirit of Math.
Spirit of Math is committed to maintaining our standards of teaching excellence:
* Spirit of Math is compliant with AODA and is committed to accessibility at all stages of the recruitment and training process and to maintaining an accessible workplace.
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