I recently made the decision that after a year of learning many lessons about working in a different school environment in four different roles I will not return next year. In 25 days, I will be changing my title to that of an online learning specialist. I will be working online, full time.
Today I had my first foray into teaching online. I have been filling out a lot of applications for remote work. I am a online learning specialist, but I have been looking for other things so that I can get more experience in other online arenas.
Interview lessons learned:
I was interviewed for and English language teaching job. It was a good experience and I hope I get
the job. However, even if I don’t I did learn a few things during the interview:
- teaching online is definitely different than in person teaching
- requires more preparation, because some of the materials I used needed to be larger.
- the “I Do, We do, You do” format is much different. The modelling requires more practice.
- planning also includes practicing it online so that visual aspect can be seen ahead of time and problems can be eliminated in advance.
- teaching online and presenting webinars are not the same
It’s time to stop feeling sorry for myself!
Romans 8:28: We know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Since moving to Colorado I have worked in five separate school districts in 16 years. Not that this is unusual for a teacher. I know teachers who have taught in more districts. I have also known teachers who have stayed in the same position, same school, same district for 30 plus years.
I have learned:
- Good teachers burn out and become bad teachers;
- Schools change; administrators micromanage and it became hard to teach.
3. Teachers who can’t work in the new school climate don’t last
4.Teachers learn in different ways.
5. Teaching is hard for introverts.
The above five things cause teachers to lose their confidence, their nerve and learn to doubt themselves. When a teacher finds themselves in one of the above scenarios, the best thing to do is move out of the classroom. If they don’t move out, they will be forced out of the classroom, regardless. The worst solution is to find a new classroom to teach in, the best solution is to find another area in education to work.
This is a great solution but it is a difficult one to follow through on, because bills need to be paid and spouses/partners aren’t always understanding. The biggest issue is the following question: “I’m a teacher, don’t teachers belong in the classroom?”
Not always. A teacher has knowledge to share and it’s up to her find a way to share it AND there are other ways to share this information.