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Alternatives to being a teacher....

 
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10/03/2012 12:37 AM
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Re: Alternatives to being a teacher....
My old man is a teacher. After the first two years of teaching, you should require little prep time as you should already have most of the lesson plans created from the two previous academic years. About the whole grading thing, hire a personal assistant for minimum wage to help you a few hours per week; at that salary, it shouldn't be a problem. Also another method you can utilize that is a bit cheaper is to just have one of your students help you. Just reward him or her with a little extra credit or something of that nature as a reward for his/her's assistance.
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That's another issue. I keep being moved from diff grades and subjects, so just when I get my act together, I have to start over.
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You need to get together with your fellow teachers and utilize some of their lesson plans. There is no such thing a copyright infringements or plagiarism when it comes to the piece being used for instructional and/or educational means. There are also several professionally run websites that have been designed by teachers, for teachers in mind. These websites offer hundreds to thousands of lessons plans ranging across all the grades and the subject material corresponding to each. These lessons plans are generally free but some of them cost 5-10 dollars, which is totally worth the investment in my opinion; a solid lesson plan takes several hours to draft even with years of experience.
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Re: Alternatives to being a teacher....
My old man is a teacher. After the first two years of teaching, you should require little prep time as you should already have most of the lesson plans created from the two previous academic years. About the whole grading thing, hire a personal assistant for minimum wage to help you a few hours per week; at that salary, it shouldn't be a problem. Also another method you can utilize that is a bit cheaper is to just have one of your students help you. Just reward him or her with a little extra credit or something of that nature as a reward for his/her's assistance.
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Schools switch up their curriculum too. Not to mention if the OP has been moved around they're also trying to track down materials if the previous teacher even left materials. I have had it happen to me, teachers will strip anything of use out of their rooms and you'll have to start from square one. Even if it went with the curriculum and wasn't theirs to take.
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10/03/2012 12:43 AM
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Re: Alternatives to being a teacher....
My old man is a teacher. After the first two years of teaching, you should require little prep time as you should already have most of the lesson plans created from the two previous academic years. About the whole grading thing, hire a personal assistant for minimum wage to help you a few hours per week; at that salary, it shouldn't be a problem. Also another method you can utilize that is a bit cheaper is to just have one of your students help you. Just reward him or her with a little extra credit or something of that nature as a reward for his/her's assistance.
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Schools switch up their curriculum too. Not to mention if the OP has been moved around they're also trying to track down materials if the previous teacher even left materials. I have had it happen to me, teachers will strip anything of use out of their rooms and you'll have to start from square one. Even if it went with the curriculum and wasn't theirs to take.
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Curriculum doesn't change that much that frequently. I understand that academia is a constantly evolving sector, however, it's not like all the old information suddenly becomes obsolete. Generally speaking, it should a very simple processes to update an older lesson plan to a more modern paradigm. Also, the online resources are constantly posting new lessons covering the latest material. Additionally, a teachers colleagues are their greatest asset; these people are continuously in the fire pit with you, ask for their help and support as they should be more sympathetic and understanding of the OP's situation.
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10/10/2012 10:31 PM
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Re: Alternatives to being a teacher....
Things still aren't better.

I work every night til midnight after teaching all day and staying after school til 6:30 pm.

I am fighting a sinus infection and trying to keep my head above water.

Help me.

Please tell me how I go about figuring out what I'm REALLY supposed to do in life?
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11/03/2012 06:34 AM
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Re: Alternatives to being a teacher....
Have you considered going into porn on the side?
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11/03/2012 03:23 PM
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Re: Alternatives to being a teacher....
My old man is a teacher. After the first two years of teaching, you should require little prep time as you should already have most of the lesson plans created from the two previous academic years. About the whole grading thing, hire a personal assistant for minimum wage to help you a few hours per week; at that salary, it shouldn't be a problem. Also another method you can utilize that is a bit cheaper is to just have one of your students help you. Just reward him or her with a little extra credit or something of that nature as a reward for his/her's assistance.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24828616


That's another issue. I keep being moved from diff grades and subjects, so just when I get my act together, I have to start over.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13376778


You need to get together with your fellow teachers and utilize some of their lesson plans. There is no such thing a copyright infringements or plagiarism when it comes to the piece being used for instructional and/or educational means. There are also several professionally run websites that have been designed by teachers, for teachers in mind. These websites offer hundreds to thousands of lessons plans ranging across all the grades and the subject material corresponding to each. These lessons plans are generally free but some of them cost 5-10 dollars, which is totally worth the investment in my opinion; a solid lesson plan takes several hours to draft even with years of experience.
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Could you (or anyone alse who knows) suggest some websites? I also teach, and could use some help with lesson plans.
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01/13/2013 12:36 AM
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Re: Alternatives to being a teacher....
I am still totally stressed out.

Any other ideas of how I can use my education degree?

Teaching is giving me a nervous breakdown, and I REALLY mean this.
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01/14/2013 03:11 PM
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Re: Alternatives to being a teacher....
I am still totally stressed out.

Any other ideas of how I can use my education degree?

Teaching is giving me a nervous breakdown, and I REALLY mean this.
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I totally understand you. Between all the ever-changing administrative requirements, endless paperwork, and unruly/undisciplined students, teaching is a nightmare. I'm also trying to figure out what else to do. I'm thinking PR or marketing, or something involving communication skills and writing skills. I hope you do find a more rewarding career soon.

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