Wicked Workshop Teaching Application
A Wicked Problem:
has innumerable causes,
is tough to describe,
& doesn’t have
one right answer
Present - November 15: Review of Applications
November 18-22 Interviews
December 2-12 In-Class Shadowing
December 16: Employment offer Letters will be sent via email
December 19: Deadline for accepting employment offer
Thank you for your interest in teaching with Wicked Workshop! Let's get to know each other!
WHO WE ARE:
Wicked Workshop is a maker-based experience that introduces youth K-8th grade to the building blocks of architecture and design through decision-making strategies, complex problem solving, and critical thinking methods recognized as vital 21st century skills necessary to succeed in work, life and citizenship. We provide a straightforward hands-on curriculum based on authentic, reality-based projects that foster inspiration for design, independent thinking, self-directed learning, exploration, iteration and creativity. We tackle “wicked problems” such as environmental health, scarcity of materials or inadequate shelter using a hands-on approach to explore multiple materials and cultures each day. Whether it’s a home for a human, a secret hideout for a mythical creature or a shelter for a favorite pet, design inspirations are explored through the interactive process of character creation, storytelling, making and drawing.
What is a “Wicked Problem”?
A wicked problem is a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. Wickedness isn’t a degree of difficulty. Wicked issues are different because traditional processes can’t resolve them. A wicked problem has innumerable causes, is tough to describe, and doesn’t have one right answer. Environmental degradation, homelessness and poverty are classic examples of wicked problems. They’re the opposite of hard but ordinary problems, which people can solve in a finite time period by applying standard techniques. Not only do conventional processes fail to tackle wicked problems, but they may exacerbate situations by generating undesirable consequences.
How do we do it?
We approach wicked problems by first introducing a particular culture. For example, for the Tatami House, we will visit Japanese culture and wood construction; for the Tolec Clay House we look at clay/mud and straw structures and Central African cultures. Students then apply their knowledge to design and construct their own iteration (or several iterations). This basic structure gives us ample opportunity to explore issues of citizenship and community while maintaining personalization and individual growth.
WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
Wicked Workshop seeks enthusiastic, creative, design-minded educators to join our team. This position requires a sincere love of teaching elementary children K-5th grade. Our ideal candidate will flaunt a growth-mindset, majestically parade a can-do attitude and believe in the power of theatrical performance as a motivator for both creativity and classroom culture.
We wholeheartedly encourage instructors from various backgrounds including parents with design backgrounds who are looking for something creative and worthwhile, former educators, aspiring educators, empty nesters, freelance designers, youth group and community leaders; those who want to help further the mission of design thinking and independent learning in elementary education.
Wicked Workshop teachers are responsible for leading hands-on, arts-based after school classes and will work with students to develop, encourage and illuminate their ideas. Our philosophy for self-directed learning positions the teacher as the mentor, not the maker. Our teachers inspire, invigorate, celebrate and document student’s work.
This is a part-time position starting at a minimum of 6 hours per week with the immediate potential to add 12 additional hours based on performance. Our program is entirely mobile and our teachers drive to schools to teach on campus.
Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Being 100% fanatical about timeliness and attendance.
• Availability from 2:30-5:30 on Mondays and Tuesdays in South Austin’s Circle C and Oak Hill area starting January 14,
2020 – May 15, 2020 with a break from March 9-27.
• The ability to transport and lift a loaded Teaching Kit of approximately 32”x18”x14” and approximately 40 pounds
maximum into and out of your vehicle to the classroom. All materials, including a rolling cart will be provided.
• Follow the Wicked Workshop curriculum and guidelines
• Deliver a full class independently from start to finish including set up and clean up.
• Establish a positive and inclusive classroom culture
• Maintain consistent and timely communication
• Semester-long commitment from January 14, 2020 to May 15, 2020.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
• Preferred candidates will have completed or be currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in an education or
design related field such as education, fine art, architecture, interior design or design thinking.
• Candidates must have a minimum of 1 year of experience with classroom management and teaching elementary level
• Candidates must exhibit an excellent ability to engage children through dynamic and passionate action.
• Candidates must be able to quickly jump into independent teaching following a shadowing training class the day
before for each lesson each week. Thus, the instructor will see the lesson fully demonstrated in our Monday class,
then teach that same lesson independently on Tuesday at a different school.
• High School Diploma required
• Valid Driver’s License Required
WHAT WE OFFER:
• $20 per hour, guaranteed 6 hours a week with immediate potential to add hours based on performance
• Paid training on Mondays and independent teaching on Tuesdays
• Prepared, concise curriculum and materials in a Teaching Kit that you will receive on Mondays during training for
teaching independently on Tuesdays
• A clear teaching philosophy to guide decisions and classroom culture including strategies for teaching design to K-5th
• Immediate potential for rapid growth in the form of increased classes and hours, increased responsibility, curriculum
development and management based on performance
• Potential to teach Summer Camps
Wicked Workshop is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and equity in the workplace.
Whew! That's a lot of information! Now we're excited to learn more about you. Please take the time to answer all questions in the following Google Form. Once you've submitted your information, you will receive an email from us with more details regarding next steps.
What are your skill areas (Education, Fine Art, Architecture, Design Thinking, etc.) ? Please be as specific as possible. For example, if your skill is fine art, please let us know if you are a painter, sculptor, etc.
What is your teaching experience?
Less than 1 Year
What ages do you have experience teaching? Select all that apply.
I do not have experience teaching
Are you available to facilitate engaging, arts-based after school classes from 2:30-5:30 on Mondays and Tuesdays in South Austin’s Circle C and Oak Hill area starting January 14, 2020 through May 15 with a break from March 9-27?
In addition to a Monday and Tuesday 2:30-5:30 commitment, what other days are you interested in teaching?
Tuesday Mornings 10:00-11:30
Wicked Workshop will offer between 5-8 Summer Camps for Summer of 2020 that run from 9:00 am-noon on Monday-Thursday between June 8, 2020-August 7, 2020. Are you interested in teaching Summer Camp?
Wicked Workshop classes are mobile! We teach on campus using school facilities which requires our teachers to transport and lift a loaded Teaching Kit of approximately 32”x18”x14” and approximately 40 pounds maximum into and out of your vehicle to the classroom. Are you able to accommodate this arrangement?
If I am selected for a position, I understand that I am responsible for arranging transportation regardless of proximity to my current or future home address.
Please consider this scenario and let us know how you might respond: On the first day of Wicked Workshop, we hand out Client Cards with silly characters like Elmer Fudd, The Queen of England, Jack Sparrow, random cat family, etc. The students are tasked with designing a house for their client – any kind of house they please, so long as it relates somehow to their client – but they must keep the client they are randomly given (architects rarely get to choose their clients)…no trading or replacing. While the cards are handed out, kids start giggling when they see who their client is. You look over an see that the quiet 6-year-old boy is visibly upset; he got the Blue Mermaid card. He asks to trade cards with his friend and starts to tear up. What do you do?
Please consider this scenario and let us know how you might respond: Today’s project is to build a birdhouse out of unconventional “found” objects, like a bird would do. One of your best students looks upset – her birdhouse is “terrible” and she’s tossed it in the garbage can. What do you do?
Please consider this scenario and let us know how you might respond: There’s a boy in your class who really doesn’t want to be there – his parent signed him up and he isn’t very interested. He typically plays around and rarely builds the project that was intended – rather, he likes to sit and build “shooters” or swords. He usually keeps to himself, but today, his friend decides to build a shooter too and they are sword fighting in the back of the room. What do you do?
Wicked Workshop uses a background check system required by Austin Independent School District (AISD). I understand that my employment offer can be rescinded pending the results of my background check. I will be provided an opportunity to disclose any prior convictions at the time of my HR orientation, but know that an official start date will not be determined until my results have cleared through AISD.
Have you lived outside of the state in the past 5 years? Please note that new state requirements require additional out of state background checks for those that have lived outside of the state in the past 5 years. This process can be lengthy, depending on the state. Teaching placements cannot be determined until all background checks have been completed.
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Thank you for applying! To be fully considered for a Wicked Workshop position, please send your resume and a cover letter to
with the subject line “Pick Me!”. If you have a portfolio, please include a link to it showcasing both your work and student work if available. If you don’t have a portfolio, don’t fret! A portfolio is not required. We look forward to hearing from you!
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