That seems to be a misconception out there – I am a home educator and NO I have never been a teacher and quite frankly I would NOT make a good teacher. How teacher’s manage to educate a group of 30 kids is beyond me. That is impressive. Dealing with 30 kids, kids with different abilities, trying to get such a large group to focus on a task, trying to explain a concept to a large group. Yip, that is not my cup of tea. I would not make a good teacher.
But I don’t deal with 30 kids, I deal with two. Two. That for me is one of the biggest differences. I have to help just Two kids learn, two kids who I can “teach” on a one-to-one or a two-to-one basis. That is a massive difference. Two kids, who are my own kids, so two kids who I know really well and understand how they learn, I understand (well sometimes I do get it wrong) what interests them, what their strengths are and what we need to work on. That is home education, it is education in the home, in our family setting so we get to change it up to what suits us. 30 kids – wow that would blow my mind, trying to explain something to 30 kids.
I am NOT a qualified teacher, I am a Chartered Accountant, but that does not matter either. What I am in a parent who is prepared to do lots of reading and research. Who will spend ages looking for resources and finding out about topics so we can cover them. I am also someone who is not afraid to say “I don’t know, lets find that out together” or “I need to read up about that and get back to you”. I have said those phrases and I am not ashamed that I have said those phrases, because that is real, it is real not to know everything but the key is being open to admit it and to learn about it.
I am NOT a teacher, I do NOT deal with a huge class of kids, I am a home educator and I deal with two kids. I spend a LOT of time reading up and researching but then I also get to spend a lot of time with my two kids.