Homeschooling for Online Teachers: Part 2

Part 2 of the “Homeschooling for Online Teachers” series centers on perks for the teachers. The overall process centers on educating the student and helping them develop personally. But teachers undoubtedly will find themselves growing as well.

This article covers four ways that online homeschool teachers benefit from being an online homeschool teacher. For more information on teaching homeschool, check out the other two articles in this series:

Personal growth

For the teacher, the experience of teaching homeschool can be incredibly rewarding. The teacher will grow along with the student, boosting their problem solving and “bag of tricks” as they come across issues and struggles pertaining to a student. They’ll experience immense mental growth and strengthen their skill set as well:

  • Homeschooling teaches incredible patience as you work with a student while they learn and process material. Teachers develop an appreciation for even small steps of progress.  They also learn to appreciate intricacies in individual personalities that otherwise may have escaped you.
  • As you work with a student to think more independently, there is simply no way to not reflect some of that growth on yourself. While often challenging, working one-on-one with a student can be one of the biggest confidence boosters a teacher will ever have.
  • Mastering of tech advances. In order to successfully teach a student, online homeschool teachers must incorporate modern technology into the curriculum and learning process. Teachers often find themselves learning and regularly utilizing digital tools they otherwise would have no idea how to use.

The ability to customize your curriculum to a student’s needs

Online homeschool teachers work personally with their students. This allows for customized curriculums based on needs, learning styles, and any disabilities or setbacks facing the student. A few topics to cover when interviewing with or discussing options with a potential student:

  • Address any specific learning issues the student his. This will not only help you as the teacher to learn more about the student and how they are likely to receive and retain material, it helps with putting together a comprehensive and effective curriculum and action plan.
  • Get a sense of the family’s personal values. There may be certain topics they’d like to cover, or cover in a certain way. Learning what is important to the family helps them feel comfortable with you as their child’s teacher. Then, they’ll trust your curriculum and choices.
  • Note end goals of the student and family, and any plans/vacations/events that take place during the curriculum timeframe. Incorporate this information into curriculum planning and execution.
  • A student may have a disability that prevents them from being productive in a traditional learning environment. While we’re not going to get too deep on this topic here, we encourage a teacher to research any issues that a student or family brings to your attention to better suit the curriculum to their needs.

Build a personal relationship with the student and the family

As I noted above, online homeschool teachers will have ample opportunity to build a valuable relationship with the student and those close to them in their daily life. Despite the fact that you may be working remotely and communicating via the internet, you’ll be talking with someone multiple days per week and helping them grow.

Take the time to learn the student’s interests, hobbies, and personal goals. Maybe even help them plan out their path to reach them. In many cases, the student or family has an extenuating circumstance that necessitates the child to be home schooled. Frequent or extended travel, dissatisfaction with their city or area’s school system, and an extensive training schedule for a sport or other extracurricular activity are among the most common reasons for this.

As their homeschool teacher, you’ll have the opportunity to support the student in their endeavors and help them work proper schooling in as a regular and enjoyable part of their daily life. Overall, this may prove to be the most rewarding part of your online homeschool teaching experience. Valuable and lasting relationships make your work more satisfying and meaningful!

Target desired higher educational or career opportunities

Many parents prefer homeschooling because it gives the student a chance to work towards specific goals for their future. You may find a student needing to meet requirements for a specific college program, trade, or set of particularly tough governmental regulations for their degree. The designed curriculum should be built to incorporate any goals, and include benchmarks and noted steps of progress along the way.

Specific higher education goals are another big reason for homeschooling. The perk for the teacher here is the opportunity to help the student reach that goal, and broaden your own horizons and portfolio as a teacher in the process.

Bringing it all together

Becoming an online homeschool teacher is one of the most rewarding experiences an educator can have. One-on-one interaction with students, in an environment that is suited directly to them, is the ideal way for many kids to learn. The perks for the teacher are numerous as well, as we’ve seen here. We’d love to hear about your journey! If you’ve got a story to tell about online homeschool teaching, please get in touch by emailing us at info@teacherindie.com.

Ray is the founder and creator of Teacher Indie. He is an award-winning entrepreneur who has created online education businesses that have appeared in publications such as Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc Magazine, Buzzfeed, The Boston Globe and many others. His goal is to help teachers from around the world get online and gain the financial independence they deserve.

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