Are You a Part-Time Teacher?

Teaching is considered a fulfilling profession, one that gives you more than just financial returns. So if you’re considering becoming a part-time teacher, it could be the right kind of moonlighting to do if you have a natural flair for teaching and are qualified in some way to do so. Teaching part-time has its pros and cons, and if you’re aware of them, it’s easy to maximize the pros and keep the cons down. So before you get started on the job, here’s what you need to know:

  • Do you have the right qualifications? Not everyone can become a teacher; you have to have the right qualifications, and these differ from state to state. So before you apply for teaching positions, even if they’re just part-time, ensure that you satisfy the prerequisites. If you’re interested in teaching at a particular school or college because of proximity issues, call them to see if you qualify and if they have any open positions or if they know of anyone else in the vicinity who’s hiring. Don’t rush out to gain any additional qualifications you may require without knowing for certain that this is something you want to do on a continuous basis.
  • Are you a first-time teacher? If this is your first teaching job, you’re probably going to be nervous about fitting in and being liked by your class. It will take you a while to get settled in, but in order to really hit it off with your students and earn their respect, you must be knowledgeable in your subject and know how to control a classroom. Besides this, you must know how to teach according to the age and emotional maturity of your students; many teachers are guilty of failing this test – they may know all there is to know about the subject, but they have no clue as to how to present it to their class and make them understand.
  • How are you going to balance two jobs? If you’re a part-time teacher, you could be balancing two jobs simultaneously. If your other job is not related in any way to teaching and if the skill sets and responsibilities don’t overlap, you could be taking on more than you bargained for. It’s ok to be a part-time teacher at two or even three different educational institutions, it’s even ok to work as a freelancer or own a home business when you’re a part-time teacher, but if you work at any other job that is inflexible and demanding, you could end up compromising on your performance in the classroom. Teaching is a responsibility that you must take seriously, so if you feel that you’re not giving it your all, it’s time to quit one job and focus on the other.
  • Are you teaching online? Some people find that teaching online part-time makes it easier for them to balance two jobs simultaneously. However, online teaching comes with its own responsibilities and may involve you being available online for your students for the better part of the day. It’s a student-centric world, and besides putting up lessons, you will be involved in leading and mentoring discussions and in clearing doubts and answering questions.

So before you go down this route and become a part-time teacher, ensure that you’re willing to do what it takes to make it work, irrespective of whether you hold another job or not.