Bubbles by Swing FAQs for Teachers

 

 

What is Bubbles by Swing Education?

Bubbles by Swing is a new service matching parents with teachers to lead small group sessions of 2-8 students in a student’s home on a long-term basis. Teachers ensure students stay on track with online classes, help with homework and create additional learning curriculum as needed. 

 

How is Bubbles different from home schooling or micro-schooling?

Bubbles learning pods are designed for parents who keep their students enrolled in school and wish to continue following the curriculum designed by their school, but in the safety of their own homes. In contrast, home schooling and micro-schools are for parents who pull their students out school and want to design their own educational curriculum. Swing does not offer home schooling or micro-schools.

 

Does Swing Education offer Bubbles in my area?

Swing offers Bubbles to host families all over, with a focus on California. We will only match teachers with host families within a reasonable commute distance. We strive to match teachers to host families in the same school or school district. 

 

Who is responsible for the educational curriculum?

Students will be working on the distance learning curriculum created by their regular teachers. We expect that Swing teachers will be designing a portion of the curriculum in cases where district plans are incomplete or the school's curriculum does not fill the hours requested by the host family. 

 

Can I do this job remotely?

No. Teachers will work on site, in a student’s home. The setting may be inside or outside the home, depending on the arrangement with the host family.

 

Can I ask the students to come to my home?

No, the setting will be in the host family's home.

 

How many homes will I need to visit?

If there is more than one family in the Bubble, the students will still meet at only one family's home. Swing is asking host families to provide a consistent location for their learning pod, but there may be occasions where the host families need to meet at another family's home. Be sure to ask this question if you are selected for an interview with a host family.

 

Where can I find details on the assignment?

Scheduling will be posted with the request. Read the request carefully to make sure the days and hours will work with your schedule on an ongoing basis. These are long-term assignments and the host families are looking for teachers who can work until school districts decide it's safe to reopen schools.

 

How many days per week will I work?

Assignments can range from 2-5 days per week, depending on the host family's needs. Review the assignment's description in the request to see if it works with your schedule.

Many families are flexible about scheduling. It's a good idea to talk about scheduling during your Zoom interview with the host family so you can determine a mutually agreeable schedule.

 

What grades and subjects will I teach?

The grades and subjects will be listed in the request. Most likely, you will teach more than one grade since host families are likely to have children of different ages. Be sure to ask questions during the Zoom interview so you have a complete picture of the students' needs.

 

How long will the assignment last?

At the moment, all Bubbles assignments are set to last until the end of the fall term. In the event that that school districts decide it is safe to re-open schools before the end of the term, Swing Education will work with the teacher and the host family to determine whether the learning pod should continue or if the students should go back to school on site.

 

How many students will be in the Bubble?

Bubbles can be between 2-8 students. The number of students in the Bubble will be noted in the request. 

 

Who is responsible for providing supplies?

The host family is responsible for providing laptops and school supplies for the learning pod. Teachers do not need to provide a laptop or other supplies, and are encouraged to engage in face-to-face interactions with students to balance out screen time.

 

How can I be a Bubbles teacher?

Just log onto your account and choose Bubbles the same way you would with a standard request. You can choose as many Bubbles as you wish. You'll be placed on a waiting list until it's time to schedule an interview with the host family.

 

What is the selection process?

Swing Education will share your profile with up to three host families.  When a host family requests to interview you, a Swing Representative will reach out to you by phone and coach you through interview best practices. We'll also provide a guide for updating your resume, if the host family has requested one.  After the interview prep call, Swing will send a Zoom invitation to you and the to host family scheduled at a mutually agreeable time.

 

How do I get picked for an interview?

Host families will request to interview you if they like what they see on your Swing profile. It's important to have a complete profile to make a good first impression. Be sure you have a good photo and describe your teaching experience and qualifications. You should also fill out your work history in the "Relevant Experience" section. A complete work history reduces the chance that a host family will ask for a resume and cover letter.  Read more about updating your Swing profile.

 

What is the pay rate?

Typical pay is $40-50 hourly, pre-tax, depending on the size of the Bubble. Assignments range from part-time to five days per week.

 

How often do I get paid?

You will be paid weekly by Swing Education as you normally would for a district assignment, via direct deposit or other payment method you have set up in your account profile.

 

When will I start?

The start date will align with the beginning of the district's fall term. Most schools are starting in early August. 

 

How can I learn more about the family I could be matched with?

When a host family requests to interview you, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and start developing a good relationship with the parents. We encourage you to start writing a list of questions for the host family now. Asking questions is the best way to ensure that you and the host family are aligned on teaching goals, and parents tell us that teachers who ask a lot of questions during the interview make them feel more comfortable with the teacher.

 

How will I know when I am hired?

A Swing Representative will reach out to you when a host family decides they would like to have you teach their Bubble. You'll be asked to sign an agreement regarding the start date, the terms of the assignment and COVID-19 safety protocol. After that, you are ready to start!

 

If I am hired, who will I report to?

If hired as a Bubbles teacher, you will be converted to a W-2 employee and will report to Swing Education.

 

What about liability? Who is responsible if an accident occurs?

Swing provides liability in the event of an accident. Bubbles teachers are converted to W-2 employees of Swing Education before they start their Bubbles teaching assignments, thus are eligible for worker's compensation should an accident occur. You can read more about W-2 set up here.

 

What about COVID-19 safety?

Swing Education has a safety protocol for pod teachers, parents and students, involving mask requirements, sanitizing computers and work surfaces, frequent hand washing and having hand sanitizer available. If you would like to put additional safety precautions in place, we encourage you to discuss these with host families to decide if you are both comfortable with the agreement.

 

Will teachers have health benefits?

If hired, you will be eligible for health insurance after a 12-month lookback period. Meaning, if you work 30 or more hours per week for 12 months, you will qualify a year from now for health benefits.

 

What other benefits will I have?

  • Unemployment benefits
  • Worker’s compensation
  • AFLAC: supplemental insurance for medical costs
  • Standard sick pay
  • COVID-19 sick pay:  up to 10 days from hire, in compliance with Families First Act
  • Other types of leave in compliance with state and federal law