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Guest Post: Summer Jobs for Teachers that Will Transition Into the School Year

Today’s post comes from a retired school teacher who is using her decades of experience to give back to the profession. Follow her website, TeacherSpark.org, for more inspiration. Thank you, Joyce!

 

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Photo via Pixabay by Fudowakira0

Upon hearing someone is a teacher, many people immediately say, “You’re so lucky! Summers off!” And while that’s true to an extent, finding a part-time or temporary job during summer break is necessary for many teachers, and it can be stressful. For some, the perfect job is one that they can continue to work at even after school starts back, but those can be hard to find.

There are lots of great options, however; you just have to know where to find them. Here are a few of the best.

 

Be a content creator for teachers through TeachersPayTeachers.com or TeachersNotebook.com

As an educator, you have plenty of experience with children and insight that not many others have, so make it work for you by creating a blog with earning potential from ads, or contributing to an established blogger’s site. You can write articles or create printables for other educators with sites like Teachers Pay Teachers or Teacher’s Notebook.

 

Try tutoring

Obviously, you’re well qualified to tutor people of just about any age, and you can set your own hours and possibly even do it from your own home. Contact parents before the school year ends and let them know you’re available, or set up a site or Facebook page that lists your fees and specialties. This is a side job you could continue throughout the school year if you wanted to earn some extra income.

 

Be a dog walker or dog sitter using Rover.com

Sites like Rover.com allow you to meet up with pet owners and decide if you’re a good match for their needs. If you are, you can keep a pretty flexible schedule and possibly even take on more than one job at once for maximum earning potential. Here, you’ll be able to get in exercise and maybe even work close to home.

Dog boarding is the perfect job for an animal lover, and the best part is you can do it from home. There could be dozens of pet owners nearby who need someone to take in their animal while they go away on business or vacation, and they are likely willing to pay well in order to have peace of mind about their beloved pet while they’re apart.

 

Share your love for learning as a program director

Museums, children’s museums, zoos, resorts, and national parks are all in need of educated, resourceful people to direct children’s programs and other events during the summer. Some places may require a certain degree, but if you have experience in teaching, you may be able to get hired based on that strength alone.

Finding a summer job doesn’t have to be a stressful event; check online for companies that hire teachers and find something that’s right for you.

 

Joyce Wilson is a retired teacher with decades of experience. Today, she is a proud grandmom and mentor to teachers in her local public school system. She and a fellow retired teacher created TeacherSpark.org to share creative ideas and practical resources for the classroom.

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Teachers Make the Best Writers

This post originally appeared at The Novel Novice:

Go to a staff development meeting at your kids’ schools.  Do it.  Watch the room full of teachers, people who tell your kids every single day to pay attention, sit up straight, don’t look at their cell phones, give it their all…. Watch them do exactly the opposite of that.  Side conversations.  Sneaked text messages.  Grading papers while other people are talking.

There is a saying that teachers make the worst students.  It is true.

I taught high school English for seven years before becoming a stay at home mom and author.  Some of my best lesson planning happened during meetings when I was supposed to be paying attention to something else.  In our defense, teachers are so inundated with paperwork, so bound by their school’s bell schedule, that they often don’t have the luxury of giving anything their undivided attention.  Multitasking is just the reality of the job.

As I wrote my first YA novel, The Take Back of Lincoln Junior High, I had this reality in mind. The swamped, overworked, and underpaid teacher that I was sat like my own private editor on my shoulder.  How about chapter lengths that could be easily read as a nightly homework assignment? The teacher in me kept asking.  How about organizing the vocabulary words in the back?  How about coming up with some writing prompts to help teachers actually teach this thing?

Writing and publishing is about so much more than just telling a good story.  Don’t get me wrong—that is important. But the idea I had for my book wasn’t just as entertainment for kids.  I wanted it to be used in the classroom to help facilitate discussion.  I wanted teachers to see it as a resource, not just another to-do on their plate.

I knew I could do that, because I was one of them.  Even on the hard days, even on the days when I didn’t have lunch and my front seat was piled high with papers to grade, I loved being one of them.  Being a teacher meant that I knew my direct audience—kids—but also my indirect audience—the exhausted adults who love them.

Knowing both—wanting to positively impact both—gave me a vision and a purpose.  A career that I am proud to watch unfold.

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Guest Post: Math Literacy, All Subject Literacy

Today’s post comes from Jaime Bonato, Math Teacher on Special Assignment (ToSA) for the San Juan Unified School District in California, and one of my closest friends for many years.  You can see in this post why she has been a teaching mentor for me since day one in the classroom.

People talk about “literacy” all the time.  But what does that mean, in terms of education?

As a math teacher the idea of “literacy” used to fall under the English teachers’ job descriptions.  In the past I just plugged along teaching math.  However, the idea of literacy across all disciplines is such that students can learn to be fluent readers and writers in different subjects in different ways.  For example, in science, being able to decode a science textbook doesn’t alone make for a scientifically literate student.  Instead, being able to read, write, and think like a scientist makes a student literate.  The textbook is a tool in literacy.  Not the end all.  In a science class students can demonstrate literacy through reading charts, graphs, and other traditional text.  They can perform and write up a formal laboratory experiment.  A specific example may be seen in chemistry.  Being able to read and understand the nuances of the periodic table is one aspect of being literate in Chemisty class.

It seems like literacy and the arts go hand-in-hand.  How does literacy pertain to math?

In math being literate is beyond being able to read the textbook.  In fact, many mathematically literate students never “read” the textbook in a traditional sense.  (Remember when your teacher would say, “read pages 101-105 before tomorrow”?)  Being literate in mathematics is reading, writing, and thinking like a mathematician.  Mathematicians frequently work in symbols.  Understanding what the symbols mean and being able to translate a mathematical sentence, statement or proof and being able write these also makes for a literate student.  An example can also be seen in graphing.  For example, given the graph of a line students can “read” the line.  They can interpret what it represents and how it is related on the coordinate plane.

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What are some of the best strategies you’ve seen that teachers can use for encouraging literacy in their content area?

In mathematics teachers are using the materials already, a small tweek in instruction could help call out to students what they are doing.  So, instead of “graph this equation”, teachers can talk through with students “what will the general shape of this graph be?  How do you know?” may be a starting point to get students to start to translate a symbolic equation.

A strategy to use in all content areas is modeling the use of content appropriate and exact vocabulary.  Sometimes when introducing a lesson in mathematics, I may title it “Graphing Linear Equations”.  Together with the class we would break this down in student terms to “draw straight lines”, however, throughout the lesson I will always use the mathematically appropriate vocabulary.  Students will start to pick up on it and use in when they have discussions in class, also.

Do you have any favorite teaching resources (books, websites, etc.) that can help teachers with literacy in their subject?

My colleague introduced me to the book, (Re)Imagining Content-Area Literacy Instruction, Edited by Roni Jo Draper.  It is awesome.  It talks about literacy in content areas and gives specific examples of what it would look like.

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