Can I Become A Cuemath Teacher If I Have No Prior Teaching Experience?

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Yes you can.

In fact many Cuemath teachers have no prior teaching experience.  

However Cuemath trains, tests and certifies teachers for Math ability, and checks for a high level of empathy with children. At Cuemath, we believe that knowing math is not enough to teach math to children, you must also have an ability to work well with children and to motivate them to learn.

At the same time as a Cuemath teacher, you’ll be fully technology-enabled. The Cuemath teacher app tracks student performance and provides weekly insights. These insights enable you to deliver learning outcomes for all students.

CUEMATH TRAINS AND CERTIFIES YOU


1.COURSES TO BUILD MATH KNOWLEDGE


Cuemath has an online training course for new teachers. The course typically takes 1-2 weeks if you have prior math background (you have studied math as a part of your bachelors or masters degree). If your familiarity level is lower, it might take more time for you to be certified.

2.RESOURCES FOR BUILDING EXPERTISE IN EACH TOPIC


For each topic, there is a resource guide with handbooks and topic specific courses. Cuemath might, from time to time, require a teacher to be certified in a specific topic if the need arises – for example, if the teacher is teaching Algebra for the first time, he or she will need to be certified in Algebra.  

3.EMPATHY TOWARDS CHILDREN


To deliver great learning outcomes the curriculum and the teachers  ability to get the child to generate effort in the class is very important.  

Most Cuemath teachers are also parents and they understand how to generate effort from children,  intuitively. Cuemath puts a lot of emphasis on training teachers and sharing best practices to induce effort in class.

Empathy and personal attention is crucial. Therefore the batch size in a Cuemath class is restricted to 6 students. Instruction is NOT via a blackboard but  is individualized for each student. The teacher typically deploys different strategies for each student, to clarify concepts, motivate students and induce effort in class.

TEACHING YOUNGER CHILDREN IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM TEACHING OLDER CHILDREN


Depending on the age group of the students being taught, the relative importance of these two attributes (Math Knowledge and Empathy) varies.

For university-level mathematics, high subject matter expertise is needed. And given that most university students are adults, one can be a good teacher even if their empathy towards children is lower, because the adult will put in more effort and generally be more disciplined.

On the other hand, when teaching students from KG to grade 8, empathy and the ability to generate effort is the single biggest determinant of a good teacher and effective learning outcomes.

FOR KG TO GRADE 8 TO DELIVER LEARNING OUTCOMES, A GOOD TEACHER WOULD:


1 Motivate and inspire.
2 Encourage students not to be afraid of making mistakes.
3 Encourage students to ask questions without fear.
4 Is able to explain concepts in simple terms (using learning aids such as the Math Box)


It is critical to ensure that students feel comfortable speaking up and feel the environment is conducive to learning. In our experience, we’ve observed that parents generally have high empathy, demonstrate patience and make very good teachers.

One of the main objectives of a teacher is to drive effort so that the students excel In order to do this, the teacher has to be observant and make good decisions.

“Good teachers are constantly making decisions about a range of ideas, issues and events: content, student behavior, catering to  different learning styles, and so on” (Professor John Loughran, Monash University).

The Cuemath App uses various analytical methods to help make decisions on curriculum, topics, tests and exercises. The expectation from the teacher in class is for the teacher to invest energy and time to drive student effort in class.

YOUR EMPATHY COMBINED WITH OUR SUPPORT


As long as you have empathy, Cuemath equips you with the right tools and strategies to make classroom delivery effective and impact. Teachers are trained on Cuemath’s own Learning SPACE Framework where teachers learn how to:

1 plan for a class;
2 respond to children in the right way;
3 accelerate learning through various strategies;
4 cue answers rather than simply giving them away,
5 motivate and engage students through intrinsic as well as extrinsic rewards.


In addition, to help new teachers, some of the older and more experienced teachers mentor the new teachers. Each new teacher is assigned a mentor teacher who is called a “buddy teacher”. The buddy teacher ensures that the first few classes run smoothly and new teachers are comfortable implementing all the learning strategies.

AT CUEMATH STUDENTS LEARN BY DOING


The Cuemath method puts a student in charge of their own learning (also referred to as the active learning philosophy). A Cuemath teacher is expected to play the role of a facilitator rather than a conventional teacher.

The Workbook, Math Box activities and Tab exercises are designed age appropriately, so that the children can themselves use it. This allows the student to be in greater control of their own learning and importantly more engaged in class. Typically a student at a Cuemath class with have double the practice one can expect at school. To deliver this speed, it is crucial to engage the student  in class.

THE CUETEACHER APP IS YOUR PERSONAL ASSISTANT AT YOUR FINGERTIPS


All students work on their own set of workbooks that Cuemath provides. The teachers have an app which recommends the workbooks. Thus teachers don’t have to make lesson plans or come up with their own learning plan. Students take assessments on the tab after they’ve completed the topic. So a teacher does not have to make tests or grade them. All the admin work is taken care of by the app.

The app also tracks student performance in each class and provides weekly progress report to the teacher. The report has insights as well as next best actions for a teacher to take to take the student performance even higher. These insights enable teachers to deliver learning outcomes for all students.

SUMMARY


1 Having empathy for students is more important than prior teaching experience. 
2 Cuemath teachers are given math resources and training so that math knowledge doesn’t get missed.
3 The main role of a Cuemath teacher is to drive effort in class so that students excel.
4 All learning resources for students including workbooks and assessments are assigned through the app to the students so that teachers don’t have to do any admin work.
5 The app provides weekly progress reports with insights to enable a teacher to deliver learning outcomes consistently.
6 Teachers also get support from the Cuemath team and other experienced “buddy” teachers

  
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