T.E.A.C.H. Family Cooperative

Together Edifying And Cherishing Homeschooling

Teaching Guidelines & Requirements

It is your responsibility and privilege as a teacher to provide a fun, enriching learning environment during your class time.  We take this responsibility very seriously, and expect all teachers to do their best.  The Golden Rule applies here perfectly; Do unto others as you would have done unto you.  If you want your children benefiting from our co-op, you will also teach to the standard you would want taught to your own children.

 

Curriculum
Choose curriculum or materials that can easily be explained in a class outline, along with being easy enough for a substitute to pick up and teach with.  We also encourage you to teach to the oldest in your class.  For example, if you are teaching 2nd and 3rd graders, choose 3rd grade curriculum.  This alleviates boredom for the oldest children, but allows you to "water down" or lighten the load of the younger ones.  Since most of class should be hands on, this should be fairly easy to do.  If you are unsure on how to do this, please talk to the directors ahead of time for help.

Class Outlines
Your class outlines should explain what curriculum you are using, or what information you are pulling from to teach with. We would like you to outline what topic you are covering each week, the activities you are doing, and what materials you are using. 
Example
Week 1:  Butterflies
reading of butterfly poem, group music activity, butterfly art project, discuss reading from Usborne book of insects, butterfly life cycle worksheet (done as a group), butterfly/flower game

 

Filling 55 Minutes
You should always have multiple things planned in order to fill your class time to its entirety.  It is unacceptable to come to class with a lesson, thinking you’ll fill the time, without back up or enrichment activities.  Children often finish at different rates, and you should be prepared with activities to keep children busy the entire class time.

Here are ideas;
Lessons
Discussion
Story Reading
Singing
Arts & Crafts
Projects
Games
Poetry Reading or Memorization
Writing Activities
“Treasure” or Scavenger Hunts
Science Experiments

 

For Younger Children
Children who are under the age of 8 usually have short attention spans.  Plan 5-6 activities that will take approximately 10 minutes each in order to adequately fill the time.  Be flexible and always be ready to move on if the children start to get restless (even if some children have not finished, they can always finish at home).  It is unacceptable to spend the entire class time on one project. 

Here are ideas;

Taking a walk outside

Short Lessons
Singing
Body Movement Games or Songs
Easy Arts & Crafts Projects

Story Time
Games
Coloring and Cutting
“Treasure” or Scavenger Hunts

 

Behavior Issues
If you tend to have a lot of behavior issues in your class, it often has more to do with boredom than bad behavior.  Reevaluate your teaching style and what you have prepared before assuming bad behavior. If a child is disrupting the class, you may send them to sit in the hall or nursery with the directors or non-teaching parents.

 

Tardiness
Every teacher in our co-op is required to be ready as soon as the children walk in the classroom.  All your chairs and tables should be set up, your materials should be laid out, and you should warmly greet your class.  It is absolutely unacceptable and disrespectful to be late to class.  (Emergencies are different, and we will gladly step in to help.  Please be sure to call and let us know.)

 

If You Are Sick
Please, make a decision by Wednesday evening, no later than 8pm (not Thursday morning), to find a substitute if you are sick.  Please do not throw your class into someone’s lap at the last minute if you can avoid it.  If you are unsure, get a substitute!  You can always relieve them of their duties if you are feeling better.   Also, your call to the directors should be your last call, not the first.  You should call other parents to substitute before you recruit the directors to help.  When you get a substitute please contact one of the directors to let them know.