Monday, April 25, 2011

Teachers supplemental income sources

Many teachers are like most people. They have felt the pinch of the economic times. many teachers are cutting back or looking for ways to increase the income. For teachers, the part time job opportunities are not plentiful. But there are some creative ways that a teacher can earn more money.

Be a home teacher. No, this is not homeschool, but teaching students in the home. Most districts have a home teaching program for students who are not able to get to school. This can be due to broken legs, sickness, or other reasons. Normally the in-home schooling is temporary. You basically drop off work, make assignments, and grade so the student does not fall behind. Since this is done after school, the hours are perfect. Ask your district if they have such a program.

Become a coach or other leader. These are part time positions, after school, that pay. Assistant coaches may be paid as well. Some clubs that are school sanctioned need coaches or learners. They may come with pay as well, especially if you travel to sites for competitions. Like academic decathlons.

You can be a private tutor working for yourself, or even be hired by a company like Kumon or Kaplan.

If you are off track or on break, you may sign up to be a substitute teacher. Many districts give full time teachers precedence when calling subs. If you work at secondary schools, many times you can even sub for one period during your prep time.

Speaking of secondary teachers, many times they may be short a teacher. You can volunteer to teach an extra class during your prep time. In other words, instead of working 5 periods with 1 off, you work all 6.

Although real estate has taken a dive, weekends are good for working as a part time real estate agent.

If you are a teacher who needs a little extra money, consider your options in the teaching field. There may be some part time income already available to you from your district.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Make your classroom a little greener.

It's just a small step, but teachers can make their classrooms a little greener. This will also instill a little more green attitude in your students, and maybe they will be a greener generation.

Use less paper in your classroom. Have a paper free day once in awhile. They can do things on the board and answer questions orally. Having a worksheet free day is actually good teaching, as well as not using paper or electricity from the copy machine.

Put recycle containers in your room for paper scraps, glass, plastic, maybe aluminum. Students can recycle the things they bring from home. Some teachers have students pick up trash on school grounds, but this takes planning. You don't want students injuring themselves or getting sick from garbage.

Have students bring refillable water bottles. This will save on trips to the drinking fountain as well. It may have unintended consequences, like more trips to the rest room. You may limit the time they can sip.

Bring plants in as decorations. Your students will learn to appreciate the beauty of plants. Maybe even plant some outside.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Top things teachers should never do.

Remember, teaching is a profession. You are a professional. Many times, we tend to forget that. Here are some some of the worse things teachers can do.

Scream and yell. If you want to look bad in front of your students and staff, then you will raise your voice. Sure way to shorten your teaching career. This is related to losing your temper in class. Don't do it. No matter what, keep your emotions under control. You are the teacher, boss, and leader. You can get respect without yelling.

Also on this note, classroom teachers should not single out a student and belittle them. This includes chewing them out for doing something, or not doing something. You will never brow beat a student into behaving or learning. You will only look like a foolish teacher. And quite an ineffective one at that.

This includes getting upset for every little thing. Little things happen in class. They do not all require punishment, referrals, calls to the principal, etc. Let it go. Acknowledge it, then move on. Most things you encounter in class will be very minor. Discipline is also logical. Don't make mountains out of mole hills.

Remember that you are the teacher. If you let your students control you and the class, you have lost. You will be a very ineffective teacher. You make the rules and you must stick with them.

Don't be unfair. Your tests, quizzes, and assignments should be such that the average student can get a passing grade. Grade consistently. If you grade hard, then soft, then hard, your students will play you like a fiddle.

Do not treat some students differently. They should all get the same treatment. You cannot be nice to one student, then have different rules for another.

Last but not least, do not talk about the school and staff in demeaning ways. Don't agree with students that another teacher is lousy. Don't complain about the school to your students. Don't gossip.

You must be a fair teacher, in complete control, and act in a professional manner. It's sounds simple, and it is. But teachers are human and can fall into certain modes without thinking. So be diligent!

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