What is Home based Teaching and how does it work?
Homed based teaching is no new concept, although, it is a relatively new method to the mainstream section of teaching.
As it says in the name, this teaching style is done at home; or somewhere similar, where more often the class is undertaken outside of the regular ‘school’ day, commonly scheduled either of an afternoon or weekend. Topics taught, such as the English language, tend to be more specific and allow the children to apply these new skills in a more physical and worldly environment. Things in the home are often brought in to use as props, which aid immensely not only to the teacher who is teaching the content, but the student trying to picture and understand what is being taught.
Obviously because it is in the home, a regular class of say 20-30 students in a majority of cases wouldn’t fit or be catered for, so adjustments are made. The in-home classes are often smaller, ranging from 1-5 students, where the class time is actually shorter, one hour perhaps.
Classes should be ‘ability’ based rather than age, where the students are then grouped accordingly. This method ensures everyone is at a similar level and no student in the class feels left behind, or disinterested. In addition to this, by having a smaller and more comfortable class, the teacher is then able to spend more time focusing on individual progression, whereas a traditional school based learning environment tends to be more focused on the group as a collective.
By having the classes in the home it provides comfort to the students learning, as they feel a sense of security. Shyness and insecurities are a big problem teachers tend to face early on in the new school year, where it often takes multiple classes to break down these issues, if broken down at all. By putting the class in home and at a smaller group scale, each student can individually be encouraged to remain attentive and accelerate the rate at which they break down insecure barriers. At the end of the day this assists the teacher in building a personal relationship with each student, ultimately leading to a better understanding as to how each student learns.
Having the class in the home means that the parents are never far away, so conflicts in communication such as homework become less and less frequent. They are also your greatest tool as a teacher, where asking them to use the in home stimuli used in the previous lesson to revise and ask to topical questions can immensely benefit the child’s learning. This is possible even if the parent doesn’t speak the same tongue as the given teacher.
I can’t see home based teaching ever surpassing traditional schooling methods, although to complement as an extra, the benefits are exponential. In this day and age with a growing expectation of higher education a lot of parents are turning to home based teaching as an educational source for their children and the trend doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon.