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Teacher and Student Expectations

Teacher Expectations:

  • Since we are not a drop-off co-op one adult per family must be present on site at all times. For the rest of this section, that adult is referred to as a teacher.
  • Teachers are expected to teach 2 out of 3 periods. The third period is their off period where they can socialize with other adults or whatever else they choose as long as they remain on site. 
    • On occasion the teacher will be asked to sub during their off period. Please refer to the substitute policy for those expectations.
  • A teacher will work with his/her co-teacher to plan and design the class. You are expected to:
    • Create a lesson plan or idea for each 50-minute class. This can be done well in advance or the week prior but shouldn't be planned the day of class.
    • Gather all needed supplies.
      • The co-op has an art bin and can provide other small supplies if requested and approved by the treasurer.
      • Make sure all copying/printing is done before your class starts. We have access to a copy machine. The line before first period is sometimes long so please give preference to the 1st period teachers if making copies before co-op begins.
      • Any supplies brought in from home should be taken back home with you. We do not have storage for individual class supplies.
        • Often a teacher will bring in non-consumable or some extra consumable supplies from her own home. Unless prior approval is given, no supplies will be reimbursed by the co-op.
    • Teach the class in a way that is engaging and interesting to the students.
      • We know that most of you are not trained teachers so it may take time to learn how to teach a class. It often sounds harder to teach a class than it actually is! If you need help or ideas, please talk to your co-teacher, if she is a veteran mom, or someone on leadership. We are here to help you!
    • Share the load with your co-teacher.
      • We want to prevent burnout so please plan on co-teaching and not just showing up to help.
  • If teaching 1st period, arrive at least 10 minutes before co-op begins so you can set up your classroom and be ready to start at 9:30.
  • In the event you will be absent you should:
    • Notify your co-teacher as soon as you know.
    • Arrange any transfer of supplies/lesson plans.
    • Post your need for a sub in the proper forum post.
    • If on a Friday morning, notify the Substitute Coordinator using the method outlined in the Substitute Forum.
  • If you no-show to co-op and don't notify us of your absence it affects the entire co-op because we have to cover your classes without warning. It is also not fair to your co-teachers.
    • First offense: we will attempt to contact and connect with you and remind you that we need to be notified.
    • Second offense: we will contact you and also may ask for a backup lesson plan for your class(es). This will allow anyone to step into your place if you no-show again (including your co-teacher if it is not her week to teach). 
    • Third and successive offenses: the board will meet and determine what happens on a case by case basis. This could be anything from temporarily moving you to a co-teaching spot with lesser responsibilities to removal from co-op.
    • Communication is the key. We understand some families may be absent more often due to special needs family members or a tough season of life. We will not remove you from co-op for multiple absences as long as you communicate and inform us of what is going on.

 

Student Expectations:

  • Students will attend classes for their appropriate age group.
    • Our age group cutoff for classes is October 1, 2021. Students who have a birthday after October 1st will remain with the same age group through the Spring Semester and not age up/promote in January.
    • For safety and security reasons, each student needs to attend a class each period and cannot choose to sit out of one period just because they don't like the class or the teacher.
      • If there is a genuine concern with one of the teachers or the subject matter being taught, please talk to the Class Coordinator or Director. 
    • We understand that some little ones like or need to be with their mom more often. This is completely understandable and acceptable for anyone aged 4 and below.
      • All students in a school aged class (ages 5 and up) should be able to mostly attend class on their own.
      • If a school aged child needs their parent at any time during the morning, the hall monitor can assist the child in finding their parent. If this happens frequently, we will work with you and your child to help them transition into class. 
      • Students are welcome to bring a small comfort item from home as long as it does not become a distraction during class time.
  • Bring supplies
    • All ages
      • A water bottle with the child’s name on it.
      • A backpack to carry their supplies and anything they make during their classes.
    • Nursery
      • Extra diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes, as well as a bag to hold any soiled or wet clothing.
    • Toddlers
      • Jacket. As weather permits our toddler class frequently spends time outside on the playground.
      • glue sticks
      • crayons
      • A change of clothes and diapers/ wipes as needed, as well as a bag to hold any soiled or wet clothing.
    • Scholars
      • Jacket. As weather permits our scholars class frequently spends time outside on the playground.
      • glue sticks
      • crayons
      • Age appropriate scissors
      • A change of clothes and diaper/wipes as needed if still potty training, as well as a bag to hold any soiled or wet clothing.
    • 5/6 and 7/8 year olds
      • pencil (and eraser if the pencil does not have one)
      • age appropriate scissors
      • glue stick
      • crayons and/or colored pencils
    • 9-10
      • Glue (glue sticks are preferred)
      • Notebook or paper to write on
      • Scissors
      • Colored pencils
      • Eraser
      • Handheld pencil sharpener
      • 2 pencils OR a mechanical pencil with extra lead in case one breaks
    • 11-13 and 14+
      • Liquid Glue
      • Notebook or paper to write on
      • Scissors
      • Colored pencils
      • Eraser
      • Handheld pencil sharpener
      • 2 pencils OR a mechanical pencil with extra lead
  • Students will maintain proper attitudes during class and be respectful of the teachers and other students. 
    • If there is an issue, please refer to the discipline policy for further details. 
  • Special needs/accommodations
    • If a child needs accommodations in a class for any reason, it is important to communicate those with the director or class coordinator BEFORE registering for classes. Once registration has begun it is more difficult to create reasonable accommodations. 
      • We will do the very best we can to accommodate your child's needs, but we are all volunteer homeschooling moms and do have our limits.
      • Please communicate the needed accommodations so we can discuss if the accommodations can be met in a reasonable way.
      • Because we're all moms and doing the best we can for our kids, most co-teachers are willing to adapt and adjust for each child providing it doesn't take away from other children.
      • Accommodations may or may not include:
        • Ensuring the parent is a co-teacher in the child's classes. The parent will be expected to be a full co-teacher and not just a 1:1 assistant for their child.
        • Preregistering a child into a specific class due to incompatibility with the alternate class. 
        • Discussing suggested accommodations with the co-teachers of a class to see if they can be met within each class setting.
        • Including the child in some activities and allowing them to sit quietly on the side for others.
        • Aging a child down by one age group to where all classes may be more appropriate.