As we prepare to hit the books this fall, educators are deep in the process of planning what school might look like for students. We’ve heard the possibility of an in-person, in-school return, of school remaining virtual for the time being, and of numerous hybrid models — everything from one week on, one week off, to every other day rotations, to half day structures, and so much more. And with all this uncertainty still circulating, many parents are quickly looking into alternatives to school settings altogether.
Which brings us to one of the newest trends popping up across the country: hiring a private teacher. But, what is a private teacher, exactly? To be clear, it’s not a tutor. It’s not a nanny. And it certainly isn’t a “catch-all” role in regards to childcare. Which also means it may not meet the needs of every family.
As you consider whether it’s the right fit for you and yours, it’s important to understand the difference between a tutor and a teacher in the more traditional contexts. Then, as you plan for the year ahead, consider the ways in which a private teacher may actually provide the best of both worlds.
With the demands so many parents are now juggling between working from home, ensuring their children are completing school assignments, meeting their familial obligations, and sustaining any amount of sanity amidst it all — it’s no wonder so many are asking, “Isn’t there a better way?”
Perhaps. And perhaps the concept isn’t as foreign an idea as it may sound at first. Hired by a family for an individual student, or for what is known as a “learning pod” — as many as 10 students from multiple families — private teachers can be hired to ensure the students’ school-based assignments are completed virtually, as well as hired to design a home-based curriculum differentiated for each child's unique needs.
Like school-based teachers, private teachers are generally certified educators with years of teaching experience. They hold degrees in education and a love for the subject area(s) they teach. They are considered experts in their content area(s) and have usually completed hours of professional development on effective teaching strategies, classroom management, and even more specialized instructional and behavioral based methodologies.
As you decide which route is best for you and your family this fall, note that there are many things to consider when hiring a private teacher. And though hiring one will not solve all of the challenges we’re experiencing in 2020, knowing someone else is committed to ensuring your child(ren) are completing their assignments — and on track for the next grade level, is enough to make most at least imagine the possibility of an in-home solution.
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