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Old 11-04-2019, 07:32 PM
 
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We are about to start after-school tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we have to get signed permission slips for each student. I asked one who had not returned the form if he could attend or not.

His response: ďMy mom says I canít come after school but she wants you to tutor me at lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays.Ē


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Lunch tutoring
Old 11-04-2019, 07:35 PM
 
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Old 11-04-2019, 07:37 PM
 
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nice

Right up there with the parent who asked me for an 8 am conference on SATURDAY
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That would be a hard no from me. I assume you feel the same way.
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I am absolutely not tutoring during my lunch. I would be willing to do it before school, but heís never at school on time. Parent was also a no-show for the conference that she scheduled and now wonít return any messages.


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Volunteer or for pay?
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Just curious. Are the students required to attend?
Is staff required to do this or is it volunteer? Do you get paid extra?
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No. I do not think you should have to tutor during lunch. However, if the school feels that many kids need tutoring because their needs are not being met during the school day, this is an issue at the school.

Not all students will have the ability to stay after regular school hours. If the school can't meet their needs and must tutor students to do so, why should students have to miss critical education which the school has determined is needed in order for the students receive proper education?

I think it is great that the school understands they need to do more, but they do need to figure out a way to meet all students needs, especially if their solution is beyond student hours.

Our schools have broken up the school day to allow for a tutoring period that is designed such that students who need the tutoring can get it and others who do not can use the time to study.
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Old 11-05-2019, 06:03 AM
 
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I would not tutor any other time but the assigned time on Tuesday and Thursday after school. Thatís it.
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Like that's going to happen!

That's right up there with the student that told me her parents were going to make me tutor her after school "because they wouldn't have to pay money to hire a tutor if the teacher does it."

Sure enough they made the request in a meeting and my principal said that wasn't going to happen. Turns out, they didn't want to deal with the district required nightly homework each night at home with their child- they wanted me to "handle that!"
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Tutoring is not allowed
Old 11-05-2019, 10:37 AM
 
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during lunch and recess in our district. It is mandatory that students spend that time eating and must go out for recess as part of that time is used to meet the requirement of the state for physical activities. Teachers may have a group of students join him/her and eat lunch together, the guidance counselor may eat lunch with a student or group, but there are no learning activities during that time.

If your school is the same make sure the note specifies it and don't take any blame for it.


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Old 11-05-2019, 10:57 AM
 
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H E double hockey sticks NO! My lunch is not contract time - it's my time. Let me breathe!
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Old 11-05-2019, 11:12 AM
 
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She really had the nerve to say that?? Wow...does she ask her child's doctor or dentist to work during their lunch??
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Lunchtime tutoring
Old 11-05-2019, 03:25 PM
 
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NO way! I would just say NO.
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Old 11-05-2019, 04:34 PM
 
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Just curious. Are the students required to attend?
Is staff required to do this or is it volunteer? Do you get paid extra?
Students are not required to attend, but invited if they show a need. We do have an ďinterventionĒtime during the day, but some kids will always need extra help. Grades 3-5 are required to tutor but we are definitely not paid as itís during our contract time. We have a duty-free lunch so I donít have to then. I was just flabbergasted at the nerve of the parent.
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Old 11-05-2019, 04:53 PM
 
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If this happens after school, isnít that part of your prep time? You are giving up your time to tutor (when you could be planning, grading) but donít receive any compensation (pay or time off during the day)?

And that mom...just no!
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Old 11-05-2019, 05:27 PM
 
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I work at a private school with wealthy families and I have a dad who is ignoring my calls and messages about him paying for his child’s tutoring! He only owes me $120 to me that’s a lot! To them, who live in million dollar homes (not even joking) they can’t pay?
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Old 11-05-2019, 06:30 PM
 
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You are correct.
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Old 11-05-2019, 06:31 PM
 
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I used to do my tutoring during lunch because too many students parents wouldn't let them stay after school. It burned me out quick and I got kidney stones from not being able to pee. That is not sustainable...just say NO.

The fact that you are willing to give extra-above-and-beyond-opportunities at any time should be appreciated, not made into one more way that entitled parents can custom order everything for their own convenience, and damn everyone they crush under their heels in the process.
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Old 11-06-2019, 12:19 PM
 
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We switched to offering tutoring before school. Too often children were not picked up on time after school which required teachers waiting until a parent showed up, sometimes more than an hour later.
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Tutoring at lunch backfire
Old 11-06-2019, 01:26 PM
 
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Many years ago my teaching partner and I were fed up with children who did not finish their work so we came up with a plan. We would take turns having the children eat lunch with us in the classroom and work on their work.It would be just four or five children. By the end of the week we had so many student that they were sitting on the floor as well as every desk and table in the room. They all wanted to eat with us in the quiet room instead of the noisy cafeteria.
So none of them would finish their work. So...off to plan B.

Don't let them pressure you into tutoring at lunch.

We thought the students would quickly tire of having to work through lunch and our problem would be solved. Instead they fooled us.

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Old 11-06-2019, 05:08 PM
 
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It'd be one thing if you'd proposed the idea yourself and didn't mind helping kids on your lunch, but for them to throw it at you like a demand... hahahahaha NO. Hell no.

Honestly, when I substitute teach in classes, it's always so irritating when teachers do that to themselves and pack (what is supposed to be a quiet time to eat and decompress) their lunch full of more kids. Kids all day. Kids at lunch. Kids at break. Kids during your prep. When do you even pee, dude. Honest question.

Venting aside, your situation angered me and I'm not even involved. I'd tell them no so fast and then send it right off to admin who'd probably cave to parents like they always do but w/e
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