A common question Bubbles host families ask during the interview process is, “How would you create a daily schedule for my learning pod?” Parents who had a tough time homeschooling their kids when schools were closed are looking for a teacher who can create a routine, set daily goals and implement a process for evaluating progress. They are looking to you to provide guidance. To demonstrate your capability, you’ll need to consider the following:
- Time devoted to the student’s school distance learning curriculum
- The specific needs of the host family’s students
- Activities away from the screen
In this guide, we’ll explore these topics one by one. By combining these tactics with your experience as a teacher, you’ll be able to propose a sample schedule you and the host family can both feel confident in.
1. Clarify the Academic Curriculum
Before you can propose a schedule, you’ll need to know what distance learning curriculum will be provided by the school. While the host family may not have the specifics, they are likely to be able to estimate approximately how many hours per day they want their kids to focus on online schoolwork.
If you haven’t already discussed the curriculum at this stage in the interview, it’s appropriate to say, “May I ask a clarifying question?” and then find out how much time parents want their kids to devote to lessons. Then you can fill in the remainder of the day with non-screen activities.
2. Know What Their Children Need
All parents love to be asked about their kids! They may have already shared specific needs with you such as:
- A student who has trouble reading
- A creative student who needs a creative approach to learning
- A very advanced student who needs an extra challenge
- A student who has trouble focusing
If parents haven’t specified any focus areas, ask them if their kids have specific areas where they need extra attention. You’ll need to be able to communicate how you would tailor the daily schedule to a student with a specific need. Additionally, be ready to communicate how you track progress so parents can see for themselves that students are progressing. Here are some fun ways to monitor and assess learning. We suggest you find your favorite and be ready to share an example during your interview of how you’d implement it.
3. Plan Screen-free Activities
Almost all Bubbles host families are looking for a healthy mix of academics and screen-free time and it’s likely they will expect you to suggest non-screen activities during the interview. Be sure to have several ideas to share, either from your teaching history or perhaps a new activity for this small-group environment. Here are ideas for screen-free activities that you can incorporate throughout the day.
4. Put it All Together
Before the interview, take some time to write down 1 or 2 sample schedules incorporating the three categories above that you can propose in the interview. Remember, parents are looking for a teacher who can create a routine, set daily goals and implement a process for evaluating progress. A defined daily schedule will convince them that you can meet these needs.
That covers it!
Good luck with your interviews, you’re going to be great!