In light of recent discussion about homeschoolers having credentials, I decided to take on a new blog project, to see if indeed there is something I’m missing out on (and by extension, my kids) by not having a teaching credential. I want to give it a fair run, and I’ll try to be as open as I can to what I can learn from those who have gone through the hoops.
So, the first step for this project is to make a list of all the skills, specifically, a credential assures. Here’s my quick and dirty attempt to bring it together before I run out to my yoga class. Please feel free to add to my list, or to let me know if I’m mistaken about my assumptions.
A teacher’s certification provides these skills:
orchestrating group activities
designing lesson plans
understanding learning directives
tests and all the comes with that
designing classroom projects
grading and other kinds of assessment
how to deal with violence and other problems
working with parents
working with different learning styles
understanding the different educational philosophies
history of education
state laws of what is required of teachers
communication in front of a group
focused instruction on teaching a topic of specialty
I’m sure I’m missing something, but I need to run. Please add to my list. Thanks!