Can I Become A Cuemath Teacher If I Have No Prior Teaching Experience?
26 January 2021
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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 the 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. These insights enable you to deliver learning outcomes for all students.
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How will Cuemath train and certify you?
COURSES TO BUILD MATH KNOWLEDGE
Cuemath has an online training course for new teachers. The course typically takes 10-15 days if you have prior math background (you have studied math as a part of your bachelor's or master's degree).
If your familiarity level is lower, it might take more time for you to be certified.
RESOURCES FOR BUILDING EXPERTISE IN EACH TOPIC
For each topic, there is a resource guide with topic-specific courses. Cuemath teachers are trained on leap platform under different categories.
EMPATHY TOWARDS CHILDREN
To deliver great learning outcomes the curriculum and the teacher's 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 are crucial. Therefore the batch size in a Cuemath class is restricted to 6 students.
Instructions are 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:
- Motivate and inspire.
- Encourage students not to be afraid of making mistakes.
- Encourage students to ask questions without fear.
- Is able to explain concepts in simple terms by doing online worksheets and simulations.
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 behaviour, 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 impactful. Teachers are trained on Cuemath’s own Learning LEAP Framework where teachers learn how to:
- Plan for a class.
- Respond to children in the right way.
- Accelerate learning through various strategies.
- Cue answers rather than simply giving them away.
- Motivate and engage students through 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.
Online Worksheets and interactive activities are designed age-appropriately so that the children can themselves use them.
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 has double the practice one can expect at school. To deliver this speed, it is crucial to engage the student in the class.
THE LEAP INTERFACE IS YOUR PERSONAL ASSISTANT AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
All students work on their own set of online worksheets that Cuemath provides. The teacher's LEAP interface assigns worksheets to students based on their learning plan.
Thus teachers don’t have to make lesson plans or come up with their own learning plan. Students take assessments 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 LEAP platform.
- Having empathy for students is more important than prior teaching experience.
- Cuemath teachers are given math resources and training so that math knowledge doesn’t get missed.
- The main role of a Cuemath teacher is to drive effort in class so that students excel.
- All learning resources for students including workbooks and assessments are assigned through the LEAP Platform to the students so that teachers don’t have to do any admin work.
- Teachers also get support from the Cuemath team and other experienced “buddy” teachers
Cuemath, a student-friendly mathematics platform, conducts regular Online Live Classes for academics and skill-development, and their Mental Math App, on both iOS and Android, is a one-stop solution for kids to develop multiple skills. Understand the Cuemath Fee structure and sign up for a free trial.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the salary of Cuemath teacher?
The single most important factor that determines how much you will earn as a Cuemath teacher is the amount of time you are willing to devote in conducting the Cuemath classes. If you devote 3 hours a day, 6 days a week, you could earn up to Rs. 45000 a month.
How is Cuemath curriculum/methodology in Cuemath Online Program different from school/tuition?
We have a unique teaching methodology that enables students to develop a strong reasoning and mathematical mindset.
Is Cuemath A Genuine Opportunity For Teachers?
As of August 2020, we have over 60,000 students as part of the program. We are supported by two of the top venture capital firms in the world- Sequoia and Google Capital. We have stringent selection guidelines. Read on to find if Cuemath will be a good opportunity for you.
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