An Instructor’s Job Is Never Done: Teaching in Spring and Summer

With summer approaching, most school teachers are getting ready to wind down. However, as a Safe Sitter® Instructor, you may be gearing up for your busiest time of the year! Kids are out of school and there’s more time to teach. Parents are looking to keep their kids’ summer brains active with educational activities, and they want them to be able to safely stay home alone or watch younger siblings while they’re at work all day.

This is when you become a parent’s hero. Heroes are always in the right place, at the right time, and they always know what to do. Be that well-prepared Instructor who’s ready to teach by following these tips:

  • Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for class. If you don’t practice before you teach, your students will know it. It’s always a good idea to schedule time at least a day or two before class to review your assigned sections of the curriculum. And if you’ll be teaching the updated curriculum for the very first time this spring or summer, it’s crucial that you familiarize yourself with it long before you teach and practice with the digital presentation.
  • Make sure you have the new Instructor Manual. If you don’t, talk to your Site Coordinator about ordering one in ample time for you to prepare. The updated curriculum is very scripted. You need to follow along with the Instructor Manual to keep pace with the slides in the new digital presentation, which was designed to help enhance your class by acting as a visual aid for your students.
  • Take a moment to review Safe Sitter® Best Practices. When you incorporate these guiding principles into your teaching, you help make your classes a truly satisfying experience for both you and your students. As we like to say, Safe Sitter® is not just a class; it’s a cause and, as an Instructor, you’re a role model that young teens look up to. Think about that each time you teach, and feel good about what you’re doing!
  • Have a back-up plan. If you’re the only Instructor, that puts more pressure on you. You may be a hero, but you’re also only human. You may be sick or have a family emergency on class day. Then what? You’re forced to cancel and re-schedule – a move that only serves to disappoint students, frustrate parents, and make you feel guilty. If you haven’t already, chat with your Site Coordinator about a contingency plan. Better yet, ask him or her if it’s possible to train another Instructor. You’ll have the peace-of-mind of a back-up, plus you’ll be able to teach larger classes. (Remember: there’s a ratio of no more than 8 students per 1 Instructor.)

The busy spring/summer teaching season will be here before we know it. Prepare yourself before you stand in front of a class of students eager to learn how to be safe when home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting.

Jennifer Seward

Jennifer Seward

Jennifer has an M.A. in English and years of nonprofit experience. As a writer and former newspaper reporter, she gravitated toward the nonprofit world because she enjoys the vast and inspiring storytelling opportunities found there.
Jennifer Seward