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#1 Lora_M

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:04 PM

Does a person who is interested in tutoring Challenge A have to have tutored Essentials beforehand?   I heard that Essentials was a prerequisite but didn't understand if the leader meant attendance or tutor of Essentials.

 

What are the requirements for one to be considered for this tutoring role?

 

 

 

 

 

 



#2 Calming Tea

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 12:59 PM

Apparently nothing. I've been asked and begged three times by CC directors to come to CC and be a tutor. I have no college degree and no real skills except intelligence and classroom management /being Type A
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 01:00 PM

And I don't think it is for essentials either- I think you just have to go to the three day practicum, buy the books and be willing to study them and do the job.
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 01:59 PM

When we were involved it was pretty loose. They were wanting some experience teaching/tutoring a group, but a year of teaching Sunday School at any level seemed sufficient. There was a tutor at our campus who had just that and was hired. 

 

After we left, I got multiple calls every year from multiple campuses, but mine didn't want to go back. You had to have ALL of your kids enrolled.

 

Now I'm two weeks from being a "retired" homeschool parent, and I still couldn't do it. At one point I had planned that as a job for this period of life, but now they require that you be currently homeschooling.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 10:16 PM

The current requirements are:

 

 -You need to have homeschooled for at least a year

 

-You need to have a child at or above the challenge grade level you are planning to teach (not that this child has to have done Challange, just that if your oldest kid is 6yo, you will have a harder time having appropriate expectations for 13 yos)

 

-Because this is considered a "director " level position all of your children should be homeschooled (the idea being that it's hard to sell other people on something you aren't doing yourself)

 

-You must do a 3-day training specifically about the Challenge year you are tutoring.

- You must do a 1-day Director training that is mostly about the paperwork and regulations etc.

 

 

I will say that if there isn't someone available with all of the requirements, a local Area Manager they can approve an exception if your kids are too young or you don't homeschool all of your kids. Some of this depends on the Area Manager and how rule-followy they are.

 

You are on your own to learn the material, however, a big part of the CC philosophy is that the tutor should be the "Lead Learner", showing the students how to learn - not the 'Sage on the Stage'. You may or may not agree with that, but it is on purpose.

 

Classes are capped at 12 students btw, because they are all supposed to be Dialectic discussions. Much larger and it is hard for everyone to get a chance to contribute.


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 03:21 PM

In my area all of your children must be enrolled in CC if you want to tutor at any level.

 


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:37 PM

When we were involved it was pretty loose. They were wanting some experience teaching/tutoring a group, but a year of teaching Sunday School at any level seemed sufficient. There was a tutor at our campus who had just that and was hired. 

 

After we left, I got multiple calls every year from multiple campuses, but mine didn't want to go back. You had to have ALL of your kids enrolled.

 

Now I'm two weeks from being a "retired" homeschool parent, and I still couldn't do it. At one point I had planned that as a job for this period of life, but now they require that you be currently homeschooling.

 

I have  heard of many many excellent and qualified tutors whose children aren't being homeschooled at the high school level that can't teach Challenge levels due to CC's rules.  It's really sad.  The very people who have the most time to do a great job are retired homeschool parents or those who have older children that may have taken other educational routes.  Again, it's just sad.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:44 PM

I agree. We have quite a few retired homeschool parents at our two co ops and they truly are some of The best!! I don't understand this rule at all.

We are looking at CC again this year but due to the science, changing and splitting campuses etc it's a tough decision. CC is really a weird concept For community- which I love....but can never seem to make it fit my needs due to the splitting, the science, the rules, etc. :).

Plus I love having outside teacher grading!!!! I was just assembling my son's grades and love it that he has grade reports and grades and even syllabi all ready for me to print and file and that my so earned it and I filed it and I didn't have to spend a million hours grading

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 08:43 PM

Apparently nothing. I've been asked and begged three times by CC directors to come to CC and be a tutor. I have no college degree and no real skills except intelligence and classroom management /being Type A

  I actually like the concept of the tutors, but I think should go a step folder and encourage the kids to become tutors and teach each other as well.  Out of all my courses the main one I remember most is my Cultural Anthropology course when I was attending Community College (I know not the same as CC) and our professor taught I think 6 chapters and then got us into groups and made our groups teach a chapter each.  The gender chapter I remember most out of that whole course.  I remember even things I wish I could forget.  LOL. But there is truth to teaching is learning.


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 10:42 PM

I have  heard of many many excellent and qualified tutors whose children aren't being homeschooled at the high school level that can't teach Challenge levels due to CC's rules.  It's really sad.  The very people who have the most time to do a great job are retired homeschool parents or those who have older children that may have taken other educational routes.  Again, it's just sad.

Retired homeschoolers are allowed, but not those who have current students of Challange age that aren't using Challenge. I agree, they miss a lot of great teachers (who actually have the time) because of this rule.

 

  I actually like the concept of the tutors, but I think should go a step folder and encourage the kids to become tutors and teach each other as well.  Out of all my courses the main one I remember most is my Cultural Anthropology course when I was attending Community College (I know not the same as CC) and our professor taught I think 6 chapters and then got us into groups and made our groups teach a chapter each.  The gender chapter I remember most out of that whole course.  I remember even things I wish I could forget.  LOL. But there is truth to teaching is learning.

The kids do present a lot of the material. That is another reason they cap the number of kids per class.

 

In my area all of your children must be enrolled in CC if you want to tutor at any level.

That is NOT a corporate rule. Someone along the way is making up her own extra qualifications. I would ask to see that in writing, but I'm annoying that way.