Do homeschoolers ever use qualified teachers?

Question:I'm a teacher by profession and I have too much going on for a full time job, but I miss teaching and want to do something part time in that field. Do homeschoolers ever hire professional teachers setting up unit plans, doing workshops, etc.?

Answers:
Some parents do. They use them as tutors when they are having a difficult subject or a very hectic schedule.
The question is funny because we all use qualified teachers. If we did not feel we were qualified, we would not be teaching.
Speaking for myself, I rely on other home school parents to encourage me, give me hints on curriculum and things that worked for them, and I do enjoy workshops.
The workshops that I have attended were given by veteran homeschoolers.
You will need to do research on home schooling before attempting to market yourself. The attitude that only the certified are qualified will be offensive to most home school parents.
Not that I know of I myself am a first time homeschooler parent and it would be nice to have a qualified teacher to help with the starting of my new choice in life for my kids while living abroad I'm just a little freaked about it and I even use to teach medical student which was very easy thing for me but like I said just kinda freaked teaching my two little boys.
Wow. Well, I certainly agree with Janis-if you are going to try to market yourself to homeschoolers, you should spend some time educating yourself about homeschooling and the beliefs we hold. Your assumption that you are "qualified" and we are not is likely to inhibit business.

That said, I personally do use qualified teachers other than myself for my children. Some of them have had, or still have, a piece of paper saying they are qualified by the government, but most importantly they are qualified in my view because they ARE parents, ARE homeschoolers, or ARE experts in their field, whether they have that piece of paper or not.
I have to ditto on the "qualified teacher" bit. I have a teaching degree, too, but that doesn't mean that homeschoolers who don't have one aren't qualified.

To be honest, I don't know anybody who has done anything like you are suggesting. I do know one woman who is a trained teacher who has a kind of homeschool "school" going on--the kids come just in the mornings or something. But she was already homeschooling her own kids and it was kind of an extra thing she got started with the homeschoolers where she lives.

Why don't you look into substitute teaching or a part-time teaching job? Researching and setting up the kind of business you want to get going will be a full-time job. Especially if you want to actually make some money.
I get what you're saying about qualified teachers so I'll pass on the defensive comebacks.

I was home schooled as a child and my parents worked through a school that had lesson plans, books, and supplies sent to us. We could then turn around and send our work back to a teacher at the school for grading. My parents liked this idea since State governments often monitor your progress and I had to go through standardized testing. I'm not sure if this was unique to my state or not.

You should possibly talk with a school that does the home schooling program and maybe they could help you go from there with more information on it. The school I used was Calvert School based in Baltimore, MD.

Good luck!
You may want to market yourself as a certified teacher. Some states require that homeschoolers be overseen by a certified teacher, so you may want to check the laws in your state.

If you do want to work with homeschoolers, you will need to find a niche beyond just being a certified teacher. You will need to offer a specific service. For instance, science, high school math, foreign language, and electives such as art or music are the areas where homeschoolers are most likely to outsource.

Once you have decided what your niche is you would want to contact various homeschooling groups offering your information and they would pass it around to their members. If you want to do something like workshops, I would recommend attending a homeschooling conference to get an understanding of the information homeschoolers want and need.

Another option you could consider is trying to get a part-time position with a tutoring company such as Sylvan or free-lance tutoring for schooled students.
We use qualified teachers everyday--ourselves!
are you saying that my parents who are both COLLEGE PROFESSORS are unqualified to teach my siblings and I? some home schooling parents set up a class or tutor with a regular teacher for some things, but most do not (that I know of... and I am in a very large home school group) in my groups we have a co-op that all the parents help in. we have a dad in our group who is a doctor, so he teaches anatomy. we have a college math teacher (my dad) who teaches math... we have a lot of people who teach different things. that said we have no need for the "qualified" teachers, because we are learning at a much faster pace with the real ones.
I haven't read the responses but judging from your additions you've already gotten the knee jerk reaction! Which was my first thought as well - whoa what do you mean by qualified?!

Yes, we bartered with a friend for her to tutor my children in Algebra (babysitting services for 1 hour a week). Others I've known have "hired" tutors as well.

I would say find a friend who home schools, call the local home school group and put yourself out there. No guarantees but might garner some work. Keep in mind though that you are not the final authority in this child's life but a supplement, Mom is still numero uno teacher and may disagree with you. Having the flexibility to hire/fire tutors, change up the curriculum midstream, dump lesson plans and start over, put off school for a few days/weeks at a time, and view ALL of life as "school" is one of the benefits of homeschooling - if you can go with the flow on that you will have more success and lots of fun with your new "students", teachers and friends!
Homeschoolers don't typically use certified teachers, but you could check with Sylvan Learning Center or offer yourself as a personal tutor for college students.
Yes and when you are an independent Teacher they call them Tutors when they are outside the school system. Yes there are plenty of people that use tutors for certain subjects and some wealthier parents will hire fulltime tutors for their children at home.

Most parents that take on homeschooling do it because they want to try it themselves and succeed at it themselves.

I suggest if you want to tutor maybe check into some of the Charter schools, Sylvan learning centers to see what qualificatins they require for tutors.
well if you use a program u already have certified teachers like mine if your looking to help homeschooling check into virtual academy we are always looking for teachers for on line school www.k12.com other wise put an add in paper many who home school by them self's might very well be interested. some parents feel very over whelmed but really it is easy
I'm on our local HS educational co-op committee. We have two retired art teachers who teach art, and a current college music professor who teaches music exploration and guitar. We have 110 students in our co-op and growing. The money to be made teaching in our co-op isn't a lot, but it can help. The other classes are taught by HS parents with a speciality in that area (math- former teacher, Rube Goldberg- engineers, etc). They mostly use their income to pay for their children's classes. Our teaching fee is $20 per student, so the art teachers, with 16 kids in their one-hour classes make 320 per class per semester (12 weeks).

I would ask your state/local HS groups if there is a need. Some parents are looking for tutors, especially for math.
This homeschool mom knew EXACTLY what you meant and takes no offense.

Homeschoolers are known to 'dip' into the outside school bowl and find those who have Current Degrees in the Education Field for things like...tutoring, advice, evaluations at the end of the year.
Some are willing to partner with homeschoolers and some treat us like we are a disease, so it is a 50/50 of what will happen. For the record, homeschoolers can get VERY defensive when they feel they have been slighted or made to look foolish. Just as the United States is a melting pot, so is homeschooling.

I have a friend who is a Public School Teacher. She does my daughters evaluations every year and I on occasion(spelling?) will bounce things off her. While I myself hold a CDA in Early Childhood, it is a far cry from teaching preschoolers/prekindergarten to teaching an Elementary age child and it is nice to be able to talk to someone who is in the field and as I come from a background of Teachers (most of my family teach either public or private school) I can get insight from many views. My husband says I have a 'gentler' view of the public/private system for the fact that as a Living History Re-enactor I teach One Room Schoolhouse style.

Make yourself up some Busness Cards and hand them out, advertise in your local paper and maybe even on Craigslist.org (NOT com) in the childcare or lessons area.

From this homeschool mom a big THANKS for being willing to work with homeschoolers.

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